Security | Oct 14, 2020

Self-healing Cloud Infrastructure for Tomorrow’s Applications

Self-Healing Cloud Infrastructure

Digital transformation and cloud migration have been top of mind for most organizations over the past few years, given the competitive and economic pressures faced by all industries.    Established business models and security processes continue to be disrupted, leading to not only technical challenges but identity crises and lots of soul searching.  The arrival of a pandemic and mass adoption of remote working practices has only added to the urgency and confusion.

When we founded Accurics, we saw the struggles that organizations faced as they tried to secure this alien new environment.  We also recognized the potential for modern development practices to reduce the risk and uncertainty.  We decided that we could help: by enabling the organizations to embrace innovation without fear.

Modern DevOps teams leverage cloud native technologies and infrastructure as code such as Kubernetes and Terraform to build the systems that support the business.  Cloud systems start from a blank state, and deploying an app is a programmatic process that involves first creating the infrastructure upon which the app will run, then deploying the appropriate resources, and managing the system as it runs to ensure resources are added or removed as needed to keep things running smoothly.

Those rules defining the infrastructure, the relationships and permissions, the application logic and orchestration triggers, are codified into the source code, so that systems can be built or scaled automatically in response to real-world events such as more users, or failed hardware, or network conditions.

As highly complex, dynamic systems, it’s really hard for humans to reason about the conditions they will face in runtime.  It’s also really hard to reproduce problems when they occur, and to test systems comprehensively.  This creates hesitation, or friction in the innovation process.

Our mission at Accurics is to enable cyber resilience that eliminates this friction, by codifying self-healing capabilities into the development process.  Existing solutions focus on detecting vulnerabilities and violations, but that is not sufficient for true resilience.  You must be able to codify response and remediation as well. When you can trust your infrastructure to remain secure, you are freed to embrace the cloud and innovate more rapidly.

We’re excited to be working with partners like Intel Capital and ClearSky to deliver this capability to the market.  Their investment of roughly $20M will help us build a team and offering that realizes our vision of codifying security into the development process so that infrastructure can heal itself when it gets damaged through accidental or malicious changes.

We believe that self-healing cloud native infrastructure is the only scalable approach to cyber resilience.  As DevOps and cloud native technologies expand their footprint, security teams simply can’t be effective with a reactive posture that relies on specialized security tools or manual workflows.  Security needs to be embedded into the development lifecycle, with programmatic detection and response capabilities codified into the deliverables just like infrastructure configurations and application logic.

Much as jellyfish are able to heal and recover function after being attacked, so can your cloud infrastructure.

Please join us on November 5th to learn more about codified, resilient, self-healing infrastructure and the future of security.

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