Last updated at Fri, 26 Jan 2024 17:39:43 GMT

The widespread growth in cloud adoption in recent years has given businesses across all industries the ability to transform and scale in ways never before possible. But the speed of those changes, combined with the increased volume and complexity of resources in cloud environments, often forces organizations to choose between slowing the pace of innovation or taking on massive amounts of unmanaged risk.

Because of this, cloud misconfigurations have become a leading attack vector for malicious breaches. Organizations are now scrambling to evolve their cloud security programs to properly secure their most sensitive and valuable data — before it falls into the hands of an adversary.

This requires going beyond the siloed toolsets and manual efforts of increasingly hard-to-find cloud security professionals. Instead, businesses need to leverage comprehensive cloud workload security solutions that allow their teams to get a broad set of capabilities in a single platform in order to move more efficiently and effectively.

But in the still-emerging and rapidly evolving cloud security space, narrowing down a shortlist of vendors can be challenging and confusing.

To help buyers select the right vendor for their needs among the industry’s many players, Forrester Research evaluated the top 12 cloud security providers to equip evaluators with necessary context on each provider’s current offering and strategy. We’re excited to share that Rapid7 has been included among these top vendors and recognized as a Strong Performer in the Forrester Wave™: Cloud Workload Security, Q1 2022.

Most notably, Forrester’s report showed Rapid7 as the top-ranked solution in the Current Offering category.

This is the first time the Forrester Wave™ for Cloud Workload Security has been published since Rapid7’s acquisition of DivvyCloud and Alcide, which culminated in the launch of InsightCloudSec in July 2021. We believe the results of this Forrester Wave™ show that Rapid7’s strategy and execution following those acquisitions has already positioned us well against other vendors in the highly competitive cloud security market.

A closer look at the results

“In its current CWS offering, the vendor provides excellent setup, configuration, and data integration solution features; identity and access management and CSPM is strong. Runtime and container orchestration platform protection is also strong and easy to use.”

The Forrester report gave Rapid7 the highest possible scores in the criteria of cloud security posture management (CSPM), infrastructure as code (IaC), identity and access management (IAM), and container protection, which to us emphasizes the breadth and depth of our current solution in both posture management and workload protection.

Rapid7 also received the highest possible score in the Setup, Configuration, and Data Integration criterion. When combined with the highest possible score in the Integration category, we believe this leads to faster time to value and more efficient ongoing cloud security operations compared to other vendors.

Within the Strategy category, Forrester gave Rapid7 the highest possible scores in the Cloud Workload Protection Platforms (CWPP) and Container Protection Plans criteria. According to the report, “In its CWS strategy, [Rapid7] has differentiated CWP and container protection plans.”

“The vendor plans to implement runtime analysis using machine learning (ML) to establish a baseline profile of activity and identify anomalous behaviors and unknown threats, simplifying runtime rules and detections,“ the report explains.

From our standpoint, this combination of current market-leading CSPM and shift-left security, alongside a highly differentiated CWP and Container Protection roadmap, is evidence of the significant value Rapid7 is bringing to our customers by enabling organizations to innovate and accelerate their business strategies with secure adoption of cloud technologies.