What are Cloud Workload Protection Solutions?

A cloud workload protection (CWP) solution secures and protects workloads hosted in the cloud — including virtual machines, containers, Kubernetes, and serverless applications — by monitoring and removing threats during application development and runtime. As organizations increasingly adopt cloud technology, they become exposed to broader attack surfaces. For this reason, the importance of CWP in mitigating risks and improving security visibility cannot be understated. In this article, we will discuss the importance of CWP, what to look for when considering CWP solutions, and the top ten CWP solutions currently available on the market.

Considerations when selecting the best tool

When choosing a CWP tool, an organization should primarily consider how the CWP solution reduces complexity, brings consistency across cloud workloads, and promotes portability. Let’s explore each of these in more detail.

Reduced complexity

The role of a CWP solution should be to simplify — rather than further complicate — workload security management. Choose a CWP solution that has an intuitive and user-friendly UI, is easy to navigate, and requires minimal training. Most security tools come with an alert and notification feature. However, a good CWP solution helps prevent alert fatigue by prioritizing alerts so that you are not overloaded with non-actionable notifications.

Consistency across workloads

A CWP solution should ensure security policy templates are applied uniformly across workloads. It should make sure nothing is missed, so you can rest assured that comprehensive protection is applied across the board. A strong CWP tool should also inform you if it was unable to implement a security policy on a particular workload. This situation would result in alerting the security team about a workload that is not covered.


A CWP solution should provide multi-cloud support, protecting your organization from vendor lock-in should you choose to migrate your workloads to another cloud provider. This portability also ensures that your organization can use a single CWP solution even if workloads are spread out across various cloud providers. Now that we’ve looked at the key considerations for choosing a CWP solution, let’s look at the top ten CWP solutions available today.

Top 10 Cloud Workload Protection Solutions

CloudGuard (Check Point)

Ramat Gan, Israel | 1993 | CloudGuard secures app development through runtime, ensuring that apps, APIs, containers, and serverless functions remain secured. It offers continuous integration (CI) tools for container image scanning, aiding with the detection of security issues early in the software life cycle. It secures workloads in multi-cloud environments and has a robust CWP solution for Google Cloud. CheckPoint CloudGuard also offers cloud network, web app, code scanning, and serverless security.

CrowdStrike Falcon® Cloud Security (CrowdStrike)

Austin, TX | 2011 | The CrowdStrike Falcon® platform is the only platform in the market that offers complete and comprehensive security across clouds, endpoints, and workloads in a single platform. The Falcon platform has one interface and one console, and it integrates well with other platforms. Falcon Cloud Security leverages CrowdStrike’s broad threat intelligence (tracking over 200 adversaries) and machine learning (ML) to deliver fast threat detection and response, incident response, cloud threat hunting, container security, and workload protection. CrowdStrike Falcon Cloud Security includes features such as infrastructure as code (IaC) and attack path visualization to stop lateral movement and supply chain attacks, and it is well regarded in the DevOps and security communities for securing the app life cycle without disrupting or delaying app delivery.

Orca Security Platform (Orca Security)

Los Angeles, CA | 2019 | Orca Security offers simplified cloud security solutions to help organizations confidently host and secure their workloads in the cloud. The Orca Platform offers agentless security scanning and advanced AI to help prioritize security alerts. The unified security platform makes it easy to investigate and mitigate cloud security risks for your organization.

Prisma Cloud (Palo Alto Networks)

Santa Clara, CA | 2005 | Palo Alto Networks is a leading cybersecurity company that provides advanced firewall and cloud security solutions to safeguard organizations against evolving cyber threats. Prisma Cloud provides comprehensive security coverage for workloads across multiple cloud environments. The only downsides are the cost and the fact that you have to manage two or three interfaces. Prisma Cloud offers solid CI/continuous delivery (CD) pipeline security and integrates well with Jira, Slack, and PagerDuty.

Singularity Cloud (SentinelOne)

Mountain View, CA | 2013 | SentinelOne is a cybersecurity company that provides a platform to protect against advanced threats across endpoints, containers, cloud workloads, and internet of things (IoT) devices. Singularity Cloud offers an advanced endpoint detection and response (EDR) solution for your cloud workloads, the ability to visualize attack paths and map them to the MITRE ATT&CK® framework, support through IaC for provisioning, and auto-deployment of agents in the workloads.

Sysdig Secure (Sysdig)

San Francisco, CA | 2013 | Sysdig is a cybersecurity company that provides cloud-native threat detection and response solutions. It is the creator of Falco, an open-source tool used for threat detection. Sysdig Secure is a security platform with cloud and container security coverage, from code to detection and response. Sysdig Secure also offers a suite of integrations with the most popular tools.

Trellix Cloud Security (Trellix)

Milpitas, CA | 2022 | Trellix is a cybersecurity company that delivers detection and response solutions along with advanced cyber threat intelligence. Trellix Cloud Security provides a suite of products aimed at securing your cloud workloads. It assists in automating and visualizing workload security across multiple cloud environments and monitoring to reduce infrastructure strain. It also provides detection and response capabilities, ensuring that you are always alerted to potentially suspicious activity within your environment.

Trend Cloud One (Trend Micro)

Tokyo, Japan | 1988 | Trend Micro provides cybersecurity solutions — such as extended detection and response (XDR) solutions, threat assessment, and cyber expert services — across the globe. Trend Cloud One uses a lightweight agent and provides automated discovery of your workloads. It also provides a global threat intelligence feed constantly updated by their security researchers, which you can use to stay updated about the latest attacks.

Carbon Black Workload (VMware)

Palo Alto, CA | 1998 | VMware specializes in virtualization and cloud computing technologies and enables organizations to optimize their IT infrastructure and enhance operational efficiency. VMware Carbon Black Workload is a data center security product that protects your workloads running in a virtualized environment. Carbon Black Workload ensures that security is intrinsic to the virtualization environment by providing a built-in protection for virtual machines.

Wiz CWPP (Wiz)

New York, NY | 2020 | Wiz is a cybersecurity company specializing in creating secure cloud environments to help with risk identification and mitigation. Although the platform is designed for agentless security, Wiz has been adding some container CWP features to secure cloud-native applications. Their interface is clean and appealing. The cloud workload protection platform (CWPP) from Wiz provides agentless full-stack visibility into your cloud environment, scanning for vulnerabilities, secrets, malware, and misconfigurations. It scans virtual machines, containers, and serverless functions. It recently added the Wiz Runtime Sensor to provide some CWPP support, like collecting workload runtime signals in real time as part of its Cloud Detection and Response service.