Rethinking Security- In a Dynamic Landscape

With its reactive approach and limited scope, the traditional security model struggles to keep pace with the rapid adoption of cloud, AI, and API-based architectures. Organisations face major lifecycle issues, failed read team checks, worse actual breaches due to the slow adoption of capabilities, a focus on manual processes and governance, limited automation, and a lack of emphasis on traceability and holistic visibility. But there's a silver lining due to the recent breakthroughs! Many recent Tech-aligned and AI-enabled solutions offer a proactive, adaptable posture, empowering you to thrive in this dynamic landscape.

Limitations of Current Security Approach and ASPM:

  • Limited Scope: Current approaches, including ASPM (buzzword: application security posture management), primarily focus on reactive threat detection within applications, leaving critical areas like infrastructure, cloud environments, and API security exposed. This fragmented approach creates blind spots and exposes organisations to potential attacks across their entire attack surface.
  • Focus on Manual Processes and Governance: Today's security leans heavily on manual tasks for configuration, analysis, issue management and remediation, leading to slow response times and increased human error. Additionally, the emphasis on compliance often prioritises governance processes over security adoption across
  • Limited Siloed Automation: While some automation exists in current security capabilities, it's often siloed and limited in scope, failing to address the interconnected nature of modern IT environments. This fragmented approach hinders efficiency and leaves risks unaddressed. Most organisations automate part of the processes in part of their overall scope. e.g.Companies with multi-cloud may end up automating some security in each public cloud platform.
  • Limited Visibility & Traceability: Siloed data and fragmented tools hinder a holistic view of security posture, making identifying and prioritising risks across your entire attack surface challenging. The current security approach heavily relies on identifying gaps and writing paper-based (fancy slides) recommendations that are hard to verify if implemented. This lack of visibility hinders effective threat management, incident response, and root cause analysis.
  • KPIs Focused on Specific Processes or Limited Scope: Traditional security often relies on reactive metrics like the number of detected incidents, which provides limited information about overall security effectiveness. Additionally, KPIs often focus on specific processes or applications, failing to offer a comprehensive view of security posture.

Shifting to a Tech-Aligned and AI-Enabled Approach:

Modern security solutions address these limitations by offering:

  • Comprehensive Visibility: Gain a unified view across all environments, including cloud and APIs, with tech-aligned tools like Security Posture Management (SPM). This empowers informed decision-making and prioritisation of critical security needs based on a complete understanding of your attack surface.
  • Automated Processes: Leverage AI-enabled automation to reduce human error and enable faster response to threats. Solutions like Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) automate routine tasks for cloud security, while Application Security Posture Management (ASPM) automates threat detection across the software development lifecycle.
  • Proactive Approach: Move beyond reactive detection with AI-enabled threat identification integrated with threat intelligence across the entire attack surface. Adopt solutions like CSPM and ASPM that use AI to identify and address security issues and prioritise risks.
  • Traceable Security & Compliance: Gain complete visibility and traceability through AI and industry frameworks. Use Threat Modeling Automation that leverages AI, MITRE ATT&CK framework, OWASP Top 10, and security conformity checks to map threats across your environments, including public clouds such as AWS and Azure, enabling efficient incident response and clear compliance demonstration.

Comparing the Approaches:

Limitation Current Security Approach (including ASPM) Tech-Aligned and AI-Enabled Solutions
Scope Limited to applications Comprehensive view across all environments
Processes Siloed Automation (per environment or application) Automated with AI
Approach Reactive Proactive
Visibility & Traceability Limited Complete
KPIs Reactive metrics (e.g., number of detected incidents) Proactive metrics (e.g., vulnerabilities identified, Mean Time to Detection)

The Benefits of Innovative Tech-Aligned and AI-Enabled Solutions:

  • Reduced human error and improved efficiency with automation.
  • Faster threat detection and response with AI and proactive measures.
  • Improved visibility and risk management with a unified view across all environments.
  • Simplified compliance demonstration with traceable evidence and reporting.

Don't just survive; thrive in the ever-shifting security landscape. Explore new tech-aligned and AI-enabled security solutions and build a resilient future for your organisation.

Written by : (Expert in cloud visibility and oversight)

Tejvir Singh