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    Why Choose Uptycs for Cloud Security?

    Choosing a cloud security tool is a complex challenge. You need a solution that meets the unique needs of your organization. To help you in your search, we’ve laid out some of the key differences between the different options for securing your cloud workloads and infrastructure.

    Cloud Security Tool: Key Features to Look For


    Cloud security is complicated—but it can be loosely organized into two primary dimensions:
     1. What you’re securing: the workloads themselves and the virtual cloud infrastructure they’re running on
     2. Preventative, proactive hardening and threat detection and response to make it harder for attackers to get in, and then to catch them if they do

    To try to solve these issues, many organizations are now opting for cloud-native application protection platforms (CNAPP). CNAPP tools combine several cloud security functions—such as CSPM and CWPP—into a single platform. Tool consolidation can improve analyst efficiency, eliminate security gaps caused by siloed tools, and save money. If you’re (unsurprisingly) lost in the cloud acronyms, you can read this blog that breaks down the alphabet soup.

    So, given those dimensions, what should a cloud security tool be capable of?

    Cloud Workloads Cloud Infrastructure

    Security Posture - Proactive

    • Vulnerability scanning in hosts and container images
    • Host and container compliance and best practices (Linux, Docker)
    • CIS Benchmarks and standards compliance for Kubernetes and Cloud Infrastructure
    • Cloud identity and entitlements policy analysis
    • Infrastructure-as-code template scanning

    Threat Detection - Reactive

    • Malicious behavior observed at runtime
    • MITRE ATT&CK mapping for Linux and containers
    • Investigation and root cause analysis
    • Malicious behavior observed in cloud API commands
    • Threat intelligence (IP addresses and domains)
    • Anomalies in cloud resource logging and/or cloud identity
    • Investigation and root cause analysis

    Orca Security Competitors: Why Choose Uptycs?

    Uptycs Orca Security

    Security Across Environments: What if a developer laptop is the entry point for a cloud attack?
    Supports cloud workloads as well as developer laptops and on-premises workloads.
    Only works for cloud instances and containers with block storage - no coverage for on-premises workloads or developer laptops.
    Monitoring Frequency: How comprehensive is threat detection for cloud workloads and infrastructure?
    Why not both? Agentless deployment offers coverage, and eBPF-based sensor for continuous runtime security.
    An agentless-only approach only scans periodically, leaving a time window open for attacks to succeed and erase evidence.
    Querying and Investigation: How do you answer urgent questions as they arise when auditing or investigating?
    Allows for custom flexible querying using SQL - including historical behavior for ephemeral workloads.
    Proprietary query language with limited flexibility.
    Built-in Remediation: What types of remediation are supported for both preventative security and incident response?
    Supports actions like killing malicious processes and deleting malicious files.
    Limited remediation capabilities.

    Wiz Competitors: Why Choose Uptycs?

    Uptycs Wiz

    Securing Environments: What if a developer laptop is the entry point for a cloud attack?
    Supports cloud workloads as well as developer laptops and on-premises workloads.
    Only works for cloud instances and containers with block storage—no coverage for on-premises workloads or developer laptops.
    Monitoring Frequency: How comprehensive is threat detection for cloud workloads and infrastructure?
    Why not both? Agentless deployment offers coverage, and eBPF-based sensor for continuous runtime security.
    An agentless approach only scans periodically, leaving a time window open for attacks to succeed and erase evidence.
    Threat Detection: What capabilities are available to detect active attack behavior such as exploitation, privilege escalation and lateral movement?
    1,400+ behavioral rules mapped to ATT&CK for cloud workloads and cloud infrastructure.
    Focused on detecting risks, not active attacks. Limited behavioral detection available for cloud infrastructure.
    Querying and Investigation: How do you answer urgent questions as they arise when auditing or investigating?
    Allows for custom and flexible querying using SQL—including historical behavior for ephemeral workloads.
    Limited ability to query data making it hard to answer specific questions.

    Aqua Security Competitors: Why Choose Uptycs?

    Uptycs Aqua Security

    Threat Detection: How do you detect malicious behaviors post-compromise?
    Provides comprehensive detection of misconfigurations, vulnerabilities, and threats in pre-production and production.
    Aqua is more focused on CI/CD scanning for vulnerabilities, not active threats inside the environment.
    Environments Secured: What if a developer laptop is the entry point for a cloud attack?
    Supports cloud workloads as well as developer laptops and on-premises workloads.
    Only works for cloud workloads and some on-premises servers—no laptop security.
    Extensibility: Can detection, querying, and policies be customized to your environment?
    Allows for custom and flexible policies, querying, detection—including historical behavior for ephemeral workloads.
    Uses prebuilt rules logic, making it harder to create custom detections or queries unique to your setup.
    Scalability Across Cloud Providers: Will it grow with your organization across inevitable multi-cloud deployments?
    Identify risks and detect threats across cloud multi-cloud environments in a unified solution.
    Without a unified management pane across accounts, securing large multi-cloud deployments becomes difficult.

    Lacework Competitors: Why Choose Uptycs?

    Uptycs Lacework

    Securing Environments: What if a developer laptop is the entry point for a cloud attack?
    Supports cloud workloads as well as developer laptops and on-premises workloads.
    Only works for cloud workloads and some on-premises servers—no laptop security.
    Unified Insights: Will it grow with your organization?
    Identifies risks across your cloud accounts and providers at scale.
    Their machine learning provides disjointed insights across separate cloud accounts.
    DevOps-Approved Security: Will it affect the performance of your workloads?
    Uptycs’ osquery-based agent is optimized for reliability and proven in large enterprise environments.
    Agent bandwidth usage can vary depending on the host.
    Detection and Response: What support is offered to analysts and incident responders?
    Offers robust ATT&CK-mapped detections along with pre-built pivot queries to speed investigations.
    Limited context provided to analysts to understand the scope and severity of an event.

    Features at a Glance

    Orca Security
    Wiz
    Aqua Security
    Lacework
    Uptycs
    Developer laptops
    On-premises workloads
    Continuous runtime monitoring
    Agentless scanning
    Transparent detection logic
    Cloud identity and entitlements policy analysis
    Cloud threat detection
    CI/CD scanning

    See Uptycs in Action

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