RSAC Fireside Chat: Lacework’s cloud-native security platform delivers useful context

By Byron V. Acohido

SAN FRANCISCO — Cloud security is stirring buzz as RSA Conference 2024 ramps up at Moscone Convention Center here.

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Companies are clambering to mitigate unprecedented exposures spinning out of their increasing reliance on cloud hosted resources. The unfolding disruption of Generative AI — and rising compliance requirements — add to the mix.

Thus, cloud-native security tools have risen to the fore. I’ve reported in years past on the introduction of cloud access security brokers (CASBs), cloud workload protection platforms (CWPP), and cloud security posture management (CSPM) tools.

In 2024, it’s all about integrating cloud-native security solutions and improving orchestration.

I had the chance to discuss this with Kevin Kiley, chief revenue officer of Lacework, a Mountain View, Calif.-based supplier of advanced cloud security tools solving some of the most complex cybersecurity challenges in the cloud. For a full drill down, please give the accompanying podcast a listen.

Lacework is a cloud security platform that saves teams time and resources by ingesting massive amounts of threat and risk data to monitor for anomalous activity. It’s a Cloud Native Application Protection Platform (CNAPP) that offers code to cloud coverage on a single platform, including: cloud workload protection, threat detection, code security, compliance monitoring, providing visibility into customer environments ranging from pre-deployed code to containers to identity and entitlements to runtime apps, he told me.

For instance, Lacework’s CSPM capabilities enable organizations to continually assess their cloud security posture and identify any vulnerabilities; remediation is automated.

This includes automated checks to assure compliance with PCI DSS, HIPAA, GDPR and CIS benchmarks. Lacework’s platform also integrates with cloud platforms, DevOps tools and legacy security systems.

The shift from reactive, on-premises defense to proactive edge-oriented security is picking up steam. I’ll keep watch and keep reporting.


Pulitzer Prize-winning business journalist Byron V. Acohido is dedicated to fostering public awareness about how to make the Internet as private and secure as it ought to be.

(LW provides consulting services to the vendors we cover.)

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