Cloud-Native Application Protection Platform (CNAPP) , Open XDR , Security Operations

Benefits of a Unified CNAPP and XDR Platform

Uptycs CEO Ganesh Pai Discusses the Evolution of Endpoint Threat Detection
Benefits of a Unified CNAPP and XDR Platform
Ganesh Pai, founder and CEO, Uptycs

More companies and their CISOs are embracing hybrid and cloud-native infrastructure. There are two drivers for this, according to Ganesh Pai, founder and CEO of Uptycs: The first is the emergent need for software supply chain visibility, and the second is the need to rationalize software tooling, which makes best-of-breed products less feasible and platforms more attractive.

"There is a desire to have broad-based visibility now ... through an observability paradigm," Pai said. To achieve this, Uptycs combined an extended detection and response solution with a cloud-native application protection platform. Unifying CNAPP and XDR provides visibility of the productivity endpoint to the workload to the endpoint in the cloud.

This shift in focus from application performance monitoring to observability "mandates that you collect telemetry in a structured manner and act upon it" to support security, he said.

In this episode of's podcast series "Cybersecurity Insights," Pai discussed:

  • The industries in which the CIO is responsible for selecting security tools and those in which the CTO makes the choice;
  • Why having work experience is more relevant for a cybersecurity professional than schooling, in general;
  • The coming shift from behavioral detection to outlier or anomaly detection, which uses sophisticated machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Pai previously served as the chief architect for Carrier Products and Strategy at Akamai Technologies. Before Akamai, he was the founder and vice president of systems architecture at Verivue. Prior to that, he was principal architect for NetDevices and before that, he held the positions of engineering manager and software architect at Sonus Networks.

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