Securing Containers and Kubernetes

With many organizations increasing their digital presence and working from home, both containers and Kubernetes are being employed to assist with applications. Containers help to improve an application’s efficiency and serves as packaging for an application. Kubernetes serve to help manage multiple containers at once by load balancing and ensuring network traffic doesn’t overload. It also manages containers that don’t function properly and will automatically replace them if needed.
While containers and Kubernetes have many benefits for organizations they can also pose many cybersecurity issues. For example, containers have a constantly changing environment to accommodate new and updated technology. This makes them less secure in the long run though. Container images are also a threat because they have the potential to distribute malware. Since Kubernetes connect different configurations, they can also be vulnerable to cyberthreats. Experts suggest operationalizing these two components to mitigate any damages. For example, embedding security into the container’s lifecycle, employing Kubernetes-native security controls, and using Kubernetes context in remediation efforts can all help to make a network more secure.
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Written by Gillian Sweny

Gillian is Director of Marketing at AgileBlue with over 13 years of experience in the marketing industry. Gillian resides in Cleveland, OH with her husband and 3-year-old son.

November 18, 2020

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