How Red Hat Can Increase Your Hybrid Cloud Security

By Amy Hiesberger

Aug 9, 2022 12:00:00 PM

About 4 minutes

With today’s treacherous threat landscape, security is a top concern for every company. No matter what size a business is or what industry it belongs to, hackers can find enough value in its corporate and customer data to want to steal it. Cybercriminals can use the applications your company develops to capture and compromise data if you don’t make security part of the DevOps process.

As hybrid cloud environments continue to be popular, organizations need to find ways to stay secure across cloud and on-premises infrastructure as they develop software. Hybrid cloud is great for data protection, disaster recovery, and keeping DevOps environments separate from production. However, it can create visibility and consistency problems when companies try to monitor and control their assets for security reasons.

Companies that use hybrid cloud environments to develop and run applications can enhance their security by taking a DevSecOps approach using Red Hat solutions, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).

What Is DevSecOps?

Short for development, security, and operations, DevSecOps allows companies to create a secure hybrid cloud environment by focusing on application and infrastructure security from the beginning. Concentrating on the application lifecycle, DevSecOps automates security, protecting applications as they are being built, deployed, and run.

By using DevSecOps, businesses can catch security issues early on in application development before they turn into vulnerabilities for users. Preventing security weaknesses in applications before they reach the market is crucial because cybercriminals can exploit them to launch zero-day attacks.

With DevSecOps, organizations can implement software security as they scale, using containers and public cloud services. Information security becomes an integral part of the application development process instead of an afterthought.

Laying the Foundation for Hybrid Cloud Security

Red Hat Enterprise Linux delivers the foundational security on which organizations can run traditional and cloud-native applications. As part of its security foundation, RHEL offers key, built-in security isolation technologies, including:

  • Strong cryptography
  • Identity and access management
  • Software supply chain security
  • Independently validated security certifications for DevSecOps workflows

Red Hat Enterprise Linux enables you to deploy and run your applications anywhere, whether in a physical or virtual, private, or public cloud environment, by delivering the consistent operating foundation needed for enterprise hybrid cloud deployments. RHEL uniformly manages and controls a hybrid cloud environment through an automation strategy.

Hybrid Cloud Security With Red Hat OpenShift

Red Hat OpenShift is mainly known for its DevOps capabilities, but when it runs on top of RHEL, OpenShift promotes hybrid cloud security as well by acquiring RHEL’s security capabilities.

As a Kubernetes platform, Red Hat OpenShift uses containerization to enable you to focus on security while streamlining your application development. OpenShift is an enterprise-ready, security-focused hybrid cloud platform with built-in DevOps tools and default security capabilities,  including:

  • Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux)
  • Security context constraints (SCC)
  • Identity and access management
  • Data encryption
  • Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) mode

Having It All in Hybrid Cloud

With Red Hat solutions, such as Enterprise Linux and OpenShift, your company can be flexible and profitable without sacrificing security. Red Hat empowers organizations to accelerate the development of applications in and for hybrid cloud environments while making security part of the DevOps process through DevSecOps. DevSecOps also supports today’s agile approach to software development.

ProActive Solutions has the expertise needed to help your company leverage Red Hat solutions. We provide a range of Red Hat solutions as part of our software offerings, including Ansible, OpenShift, Enterprise Linux, and Satellite.

Using our consultative approach, we can work with your company to assess your application development process, find any gaps in your security strategy, and determine which Red Hat and other leading solutions are the answer.

Find out how Red Hat solutions can help your company strengthen its hybrid cloud security. Ask for a free consultation from ProActive.

Tags: Red Hat, Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Hybrid cloud security, DevOps, DevSecOps, RHEL