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Cloud-native EDA tools enable you to break down existing silos between research and development, chip design and build teams, and consumers. At the same time, you need robust cloud-native security to protect your confidential data and IP. 

Before examining cloud-native security and its role in EDA workloads, let’s define cloud native. It refers to a development environment where services are packaged in containers and deployed as microservices. These services are managed on elastic infrastructure using agile DevOps processes and continuous delivery workflows.

A cloud-native environment enables engineers to make high-impact changes frequently and predictably through robust automation.

Cloud-Native Security Problems

Cloud-native security problems include:

  • Missing critical patches
  • Account compromises
  • Public exposure of cloud storage services
  • Accepting traffic from unrestricted ports, and protocols from anywhere

Cloud sprawl is expanding faster than security measures can keep up, and high-fidelity visibility into cloud environments is difficult to attain. The resulting limited visibility lacks a broader context and can lead to flawed security conclusions. 

To secure cloud-native environments, continuous assessment and protection must be tightly integrated with infrastructure and apps. Unfortunately, security budgets, staff, and tools aren’t growing as fast as organizations are moving to cloud-native environments.

With legacy infrastructure, a patchwork of multiple tools results in a complicated program that requires dedicated staff and training. False positives and complex deployments are also problems associated with a legacy program.

Cloud-native applications use ephemeral computing services that last for a short time. As a result, they pose new security challenges that developers must consider.

Cloud-Native Security vs. Traditional Security

There is a significant difference between traditional IT and cloud-native computing environments at every level. This also applies to traditional IT security and cloud-native security.  

Characteristics Cloud-Native Security Traditional Security
Automated Yes: Automation and immutable infrastructure help eliminate systems with problematic security configurations. No: Monitoring and instrumentation are heavily invested in data centers because organizations believe that a system change signals malware.
Proactive Yes: Viruses thrive on static, unchanging systems and vulnerable software. Priority should be given to actively changing the state of systems, eliminating the conditions that allow viruses and other malware to thrive. No: The priority is to detect threats as soon as possible. Only after a vulnerability has been identified are mitigation steps taken.
Rapid Patching Yes: Viruses thrive on static, unchanging systems and vulnerable software. Priority should be given to actively changing the state of systems, eliminating the conditions that allow viruses and other malware to thrive. No: As each patch is approved by internal teams, it is applied incrementally to systems. Operating system and middleware patches are triaged, then applied.
Embracing Change Yes: Viruses thrive on static, unchanging systems and vulnerable software. Priority should be given to actively changing the state of systems, eliminating the conditions that allow viruses and other malware to thrive. No: A slow pace of change is believed to be more secure.

Cloud-Native Security Best Practices and EDA

To fully protect cloud-native workloads, you must extend the security tools and processes you use to safeguard traditional cloud workloads. Here are several best practices for securing cloud-native EDA workloads:


Bake In Security

Risk identification is not something you want to postpone until after you’ve built a chip. Instead, bake security tests into your workloads to maximize your chances of finding and fixing security issues.


Move Beyond Agents

While agent-based security may be enough for protecting simple cloud workloads, you can’t always deploy agents to achieve security visibility. Instead, you’ll need to instrument security visibility into the code.


Use Layered Security

Cloud-native environments include many layers—infrastructure, applications, orchestration, and physical and virtual networks—and you need to secure each. This means deploying tools and security analytics processes to detect cloud-native security risks at every level.


Audit Continuously

Detecting and resolving threats in real-time requires more than periodic auditing or validation of cloud configurations. Instead, deploy tools that continuously monitor your configurations and alert you to risks in real-time.


Automate Remediation

You should deploy automated remediation tools that can isolate or mitigate threats instantly. Utilizing automation reduces the burden placed on your IT and security teams while addressing threats as quickly and proactively as possible.


Synopsys Is a Cloud-Native Security Leader

Our commitment to security stands behind all Synopsys Cloud solutions. Our cloud-optimized EDA and IP solutions provide comprehensive cloud security.

Through the use of Synopsys security tools, we build our products with security in mind. Our best practices ensure a secure development lifecycle, a security culture, and world-class assurance.

Synopsys, EDA, and the Cloud

Synopsys is the industry’s largest provider of electronic design automation (EDA) technology used in the design and verification of semiconductor devices, or chips. With Synopsys Cloud, we’re taking EDA to new heights, combining the availability of advanced compute and storage infrastructure with unlimited access to EDA software licenses on-demand so you can focus on what you do best – designing chips, faster. Delivering cloud-native EDA tools and pre-optimized hardware platforms, an extremely flexible business model, and a modern customer experience, Synopsys has reimagined the future of chip design on the cloud, without disrupting proven workflows.


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About The Author

Sudesh Gadewar is group director of Information Security at Synopsys and leads the Information Security Architecture and Engineering team globally. Sudesh has 15+ years of experience in security where his passion is in both the offense and defense of security. Sudesh leads Synopsys' cyber security engineering and architecture efforts focused on secure architecture on on-prem, cloud security, tooling, frameworks, automation and threat intelligence.

In his spare time, he likes to educate adults and kids about security and cyber security 101. Sudesh has presented at various conferences such as Cisco Live, DEFCON, Tech Summits and Meet Up to share best practices and new analysis around threats and information security.

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