Lacework has been selected by Clariness, a leader in patient recruitment for clinical trials, to help future proof security across the company’s cloud environments and embed a shift-left security mindset.
Clariness is constantly striving to bring new medicines and treatments by connecting patients to clinical trials across the world. To accelerate the innovation process, it operates almost entirely in the cloud, with its infrastructure on AWS. The company is in the process of moving its platforms from Kubernetes to Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS).
In 2021, Clariness set out to enable its teams to work in a secure, cross-functional way. A big part of the transformation involved using scalable and intelligent solutions to augment human ability, as well as giving every employee an element of security ownership. Clariness also wanted a tool that could help streamline its compliance processes and build its teams’ ability to act on security alerts.
To help, Clariness chose to partner with Lacework, initially conducting an assessment which provided actionable insight into its cloud security posture. This allowed teams to benchmark and track progress against goals as it adopted best practices for compliance audits, including CIS Benchmarks and ISO 27001.
Using the findings from the assessment, Clariness was also able to make key security enhancements, including consolidating its tools and moving to Lacework for dynamic application testing, fixing vulnerabilities and reducing its response to incidents to less than four hours. In addition, it was able to successfully shift from DevOps to a DevSecOps discipline, implementing a streamlined process for effectively responding to security alerts.
Gopi Kirishnamurthy, VP Product & Engineering, Clariness said: “Together with Lacework we have been able to deepen our understanding of our cloud security posture, enabling us to make informed improvements to our operations and compliance processes. This transparency has also allowed us to democratise security, helping us to achieve a true mindset shift in a short space of time - a fundamental component of all successful transformation initiatives.”
Jesper Fredriksen, General Manager of EMEA, Lacework said: “By bringing our expertise in cloud security to Clariness, we have not only helped to enhance its security processes, but we have also enabled it to embed a culture of security across the organisation. We look forward to continuing to work alongside the Clariness team, enabling them to innovate with speed and safety as they develop next generation clinical trial solutions.”