Shift Left…what is it?

At the inaugural AWS re:Inforce Security conference this week, McAfee announced updates to McAfee MVISION Cloud for Amazon Web Services (AWS) that will help preemptively improve compliance and reduce risk within their cloud infrastructure.

Shift Left is a practice intended to find and prevent defects early in the software product lifecycle process—moved to the left of the project timeline. The vision is to improve quality by moving tasks to the left as early in the lifecycle as possible. Think, “Test early and often.”

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So, why is this important?

By adding security earlier into the DevOps process, security professionals can catch risky configurations before they become a threat in production. McAfee MVISION Cloud helps DevOps teams focus on implementing security as opposed to reacting to incidents after the fact—creating an additional layer of security for customer workloads on AWS.

Ultimately, this reduces risk in the organization, which in turn reduces operational cost (and increases cost avoidance) due to including security considerations earlier in the process.

New capabilities include:

  • Security Scans for AWS CloudFormation Templates: allows users to discover risky configuration issues or violations in AWS CloudFormation Templates prior to deploying resources.
  • Resolve Security Issues at the Source: finds the root cause of security or misconfiguration issues at the source, preventing the propagation and subsequent clean-up of issues once systems are live.
  • Preemptive Risk Avoidance: ensures compliance with regulatory frameworks and reduces the likelihood of data loss, abuse or fines associated with improper security controls.

The new “Shift Left” capabilities in McAfee MVISION Cloud for AWS are available in the AWS Marketplace now. Check it out!