Automate security controls from development to production on Google Cloud

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June 18, 2024

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To help businesses develop fast and stay secure, Snyk prioritizes seamless compatibility with developers’ existing workflows. In other words, every major tool or environment a developer touches in their everyday work can interface with Snyk tooling. This compatibility includes partnerships with major cloud providers like Google Cloud

By integrating security into existing Google Cloud infrastructure, businesses can establish security that will empower — rather than slow down — their development teams. Let’s explore three ways you use the Snyk platform to build developer-first security in your Google Cloud environment. 

Use Snyk to align your security initiatives with the speed of cloud-native development

Software development looks different than it did even a year or two ago. Here are a few of the ways that today’s development realities affect application security teams: 

  1. The cloud and DevOps revolutions have accelerated software development to a breakneck pace, and the AI revolution has now supercharged it even more. It’s more important than ever for organizations to figure out how to align their security practices with this unprecedented speed and automate security controls as far left in the SDLC as the first few lines of code.

  2. Most teams are hiring more developers than security professionals. With a ratio of 100 developers to 10 DevOps engineers to one security practitioner, organizations face a significant issue in scaling security. 

  3. It’s getting more challenging for security teams to facilitate shared responsibility with development teams. The number of components used in a typical application has grown in the past few years, making it difficult for developers to re-work their first-party code, whether human or AI-generated, as well as the open source software they use, the containers they build, and even the infrastructure as code (IaC) they use to define and deploy their cloud resources.

To respond to these challenges, AppSec teams need modern security tooling that is purpose-built to find and fix security risks in every component of cloud-native applications across a continuous and iterative DevSecOps workflow

Together, Google and Snyk offer a developer-first experience for building applications securely and answering these challenges that today’s AppSec teams face. Both have been recognized in their industries as companies that focus deeply on the developer experience, with Google named a leader in The Forrester Wave: AI Infrastructure Solutions and Snyk named a leader in the 2023 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Application Security Testing. By combining their capabilities, teams can get the best of Google’s continuous innovation for developers and Snyk’s visionary, developer-first application security tooling.

Secure your AI-generated code with Snyk for Gemini Code Assist.

Whether organizations enable it or not, 92% of developers already use AI coding tools. However, not all AI-generated code is built the same, and some of it might not pass security testing later down the pipeline. Security tooling that hampers speed and agility often frustrates developers and defeats the purpose of using generative AI to accelerate development. 

Snyk + Gemini extensions for velocity and security

To respond to these new security challenges, Google and Snyk work together to bring a fast, accurate security companion to your generative AI workflows. Using Gemini Code Assist, developers can unlock new levels of productivity. After using Gemini to complete or generate complex blocks of code, developers can then use the Snyk extension to test all code in the IDE — whether it was written by human developers or by Gemini Code Assist. As it scans the code, Snyk will offer actionable remediation advice in line with developers’ code to help them fix security vulnerabilities in near real-time.

Leverage Gemini to get contextual information on usage of Snyk’s dev-first security platform

Gemini Code Assist is trained on Snyk’s documentation and security education content to provide easy access to valuable resources. Development teams can leverage Gemini to learn about common security topics. For instance, a developer could ask, “Hey Gemini, how do I connect Snyk to CI/CD?” or request other instructions on bringing Snyk into existing development environments and workflows. This easy access to educational material can help development teams set up and operationalize Snyk’s tools faster.

By leveraging Snyk’s real-time scanning and actionable remediation advice, development teams can work quickly and confidently, knowing that their code is secure. They can learn secure coding practices that extend to their manual coding efforts and, best of all, pass all security checks when their code goes to review. 

Facilitate end-to-end security coverage across your software supply chain on Google Cloud

In addition to scanning first-party code written by humans or generative AI, Snyk also secures other parts of the software supply chain. Our solution integrates with Google services to offer:

Open source security for Google Cloud Build

Snyk can scan open source packages for vulnerabilities, including direct and transitive dependencies and any compliance or licensing issues included in third-party code. Developers can automate these scans directly in any Git repo or in CI/CD tools like Google Cloud Build. 

Container security for Google Artifact Registry (GAR) and Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) 

Snyk also empowers developers to scan container images for vulnerabilities, integrating with Google’s container services to ensure container apps are secure from development to production. Snyk integrates with various container registries, such as Google Artifact Registry (GAR), to statically scan container images for vulnerabilities and can also be deployed to services like Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) to monitor running applications for zero-day vulnerabilities.

IaC security for Google Cloud configurations

Snyk IaC manages vulnerabilities in infrastructure as code (IaC) configurations as well, scanning JSON, Terraform, or Kubernetes (GKE) files for misconfigurations.

Full security visibility of your Google Cloud ecosystem

Lastly, Snyk can offer comprehensive security visibility across your application fleet in Google Cloud by generating a software bill of materials (SBOM) and enforcing governance policies across the organization — all without slowing down the pace of development. 

Get started with Snyk for Google Cloud

By integrating security best practices into every stage of your development workflow, you can empower your development teams to find and fix vulnerabilities accurately without compromising velocity. 

If this type of security is important to your organization, you can also purchase Snyk on the Google Cloud Marketplace! You can use your existing billing mechanisms with Google Cloud to consolidate invoicing, streamline procurement efforts, and burn down your spending commitment with Google.

Check out Snyk on the Google Cloud Marketplace, or book a demo with a Snyk expert to learn more.

Snyk is a developer security platform. Integrating directly into development tools, workflows, and automation pipelines, Snyk makes it easy for teams to find, prioritize, and fix security vulnerabilities in code, dependencies, containers, and infrastructure as code. Supported by industry-leading application and security intelligence, Snyk puts security expertise in any developer’s toolkit.

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