New Resource: Guide to Building Secure, Compliant ContainersThis month our security team released a new paper and upcoming webinar that discusses how to build secure and compliant containers. Get your copy here or register for the webinar.
by Elliot Volkman
The rise in the adoption of containerization is impossible to ignore, especially with the rise of distributed and cloud-first companies. The rapid adoption rate is due in part to its benefits that offers packaging of an application, along with all of its dependencies, into a single, self-contained unit that can be easily deployed and run on any platform.
With its ability to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and increase agility, there is no surprise behind why containerization has become a popular choice for businesses of all sizes. While the technology has the potential to revolutionize the way we think about software development, enabling organizations to quickly build, deploy, and manage their applications at scale, like VMs, it comes with unique security challenges and risks.
Why Securing Containers is a Must
According to RedHat, 93% of DevOps teams experienced at least one security incident in their Kubernetes environments in the last 12 months. This is particularly concerning when the same report indicates that 55% of the same companies have delayed or slowed down application deployment due to a security concern.
Like any new technology, it’s important to consider the security and compliance implications first, which in turn reduces these types of risks and events.
Containers and technology like kubernetes also introduce new security risks that must be managed. For example, containers and Kubernetes make it easy to deploy and manage applications at scale, but if those applications are not properly secured, they can be vulnerable to attacks.
Additionally, containers and Kubernetes introduce new attack vectors, such as the potential for malware to spread rapidly across a cluster, that must be considered and managed.
This means following best practices for securing your containers and Kubernetes environment, such as implementing appropriate access controls, using secure image registries, and regularly patching and updating your containers and Kubernetes cluster.
It also means staying up to date on the latest security threats and vulnerabilities, and being prepared to respond quickly and effectively in the event of a security breach.
Start Building Secure Containers
It’s for these reasons and many more that compliance needs to be built into your DevSecOps approach from an early stage, which in turn will act as a helpful guiding stone towards hardening your containers.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to build secure, compliant containers, download the guide here, or discuss containers and kubernetes in our community, Secured, if you have any questions.