Cloud-Native Application Protection Platforms (CNAPP)

Understanding CNAPP and the Market Shift Towards It
May 18, 2023
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Yehonatan Rumyantsev
Cloud Specialist
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CNAPP by Gartner

The evolution of cloud security is increasingly centered around Cloud-Native Application Protection Platforms (CNAPP). As organizations move away from fragmented security solutions, Gartner highlights a growing trend toward integrating various cloud security technologies like CWPP and CSPM into a singular CNAPP approach. This consolidation is expected to dramatically reduce the number of vendors used for cloud-native application lifecycle protection and increase the adoption of integrated CNAPP solutions, reflecting a significant shift in how enterprises manage and prioritize cloud security.

  • By 2026, 80% of enterprises will have consolidated security tooling for the life cycle protection of cloud-native applications to three or fewer vendors, down from an average of 10 in 2022.
  • By 2025, 75% of new CSPM purchases will be part of an integrated CNAPP offering.
  • By 2025, 60% of enterprises will have consolidated cloud workload protection platform (CWPP) and CSPM capabilities to a single vendor, up from 25% in 2022.

Introduction to CNAPP

Cloud Native Application Protection Platform (CNAPP) is a consolidated solution designed to address security needs in cloud-native environments. It's an evolution in cloud security that combines multiple solutions like Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) and Cloud Workload Protection Platforms (CWPP) into a single platform. As applications and infrastructure increasingly move to the cloud, organizations face complex security challenges that CNAPP aims to solve.

Why the Market is Moving Towards CNAPP

  1. Increased Cloud Adoption: As more businesses adopt cloud technologies, the complexity and scale of cloud environments grow. Traditional security tools, designed for on-premises environments, are not equipped to handle the dynamic and distributed nature of cloud services. CNAPP offers a unified approach to secure cloud-native applications across the development lifecycle and deployment environments.
  2. Holistic Security Posture: CNAPP provides a comprehensive view of the security posture across cloud environments. It integrates various aspects of security, including configuration management, vulnerability assessment, runtime protection, and compliance monitoring. This holistic approach ensures that no aspect of cloud security is overlooked, reducing the risk of breaches and compliance issues.
  3. DevSecOps Integration: Modern development practices like DevOps emphasize speed and agility, which can often lead to security being sidelined. CNAPP aligns with the DevSecOps model by integrating security into the development pipeline. This ensures that security is a continuous and integral part of the development process, rather than an afterthought.
  4. Regulatory Compliance: With the increasing focus on data protection and privacy regulations globally, organizations must ensure that their cloud environments comply with relevant standards and laws. CNAPP helps automate compliance tasks, provides real-time visibility into compliance status, and helps remediate violations, making it easier for organizations to meet regulatory requirements.
  5. Cost and Complexity Reduction: By consolidating multiple security tools into a single platform, CNAPP reduces the complexity and overhead associated with managing multiple security solutions. This not only reduces costs but also minimizes the chances of security gaps due to misconfigured or uncoordinated tools.
  6. Threat and Anomaly Detection: CNAPP platforms leverage advanced technologies like machine learning to detect and respond to threats in real-time. They are capable of understanding normal behavior patterns in cloud environments and can quickly identify anomalies that may indicate a security threat, providing faster and more effective response capabilities.


The shift towards Cloud Native Application Protection Platforms represents a significant evolution in cloud security. By offering a more integrated, comprehensive, and automated approach to securing cloud-native applications, CNAPP meets the growing demands of modern businesses. As cloud environments become more complex and integral to business operations, the adoption of CNAPP is expected to grow, driven by its ability to provide effective security while supporting the speed and agility that businesses require from their cloud investments. The future of cloud security is integrated, automated, and aligned with business objectives – and CNAPP is at the forefront of this transformation.