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The year 2018 was a watershed for containers, container security, and Kubernetes. Tesla got hacked, the most critical Kubernetes vulnerability to date was discovered, IBM bought RedHat for $34 billion (in large part for OpenShift), VMware bought Heptio for more than $500 million, and investors poured money into container technology startups at an ever-increasing pace. The Following five blog articles capture and distill the big picture trends in container adoption and Kubernetes security in 2018.
The advent of containers has not only made application development and deployment simpler, scalable, and portable but also enabled more inherent security compared to traditional application development technologies and methodologies. You can leverage many inherent security advantages as you move applications to containers – even if you’re porting a monolithic app and not yet adopting microservices. With containers, you can: Minimize your attack surface much more effectively than is possible with a virtual machine (VM) or bare metal server by reducing functionality in the container to the bare minimum set of processes, image components, filesystem access, and other settings.
This week StackRox launched the industry’s first ever State of Container Security report. To compile the findings, we surveyed more than 230 IT leaders across operations and security roles. Some responses came as no surprise – the dominance of Docker and Kubernetes, for example, or the breadth of industries using containers to accelerate application roll out. But many results did surprise us – including the extent to which security leads the list of concerns about companies’ container strategies.
Today we posted the news that we’ve adopted StackRox to secure our environment. I wanted to share a bit about our thought process and results in hopes of helping others like us. Security is difficult to manage at every level of technology development, from building a simple web app to running enormous platforms like the tech giants manage — recent tech headlines just prove this point. Like other early-stage SaaS startups, we here at Mux face the combined challenges of having limited resources, a relatively large technology footprint, and the obvious focus on building strong product features.
We’re excited to share the news today that we’ve entered into a technology development and strategic investment agreement with In-Q-Tel (IQT). For nearly 20 years, IQT has been critical to driving cutting-edge technology into the U.S. Intelligence Community. The not-for-profit investor identifies innovative security startups and connects them with U.S. government agencies chartered with keeping the United States safe. In choosing to partner with StackRox, IQT has signaled the criticality of containers in driving application innovation today and the advanced security StackRox provides for these environments.
We were pleased to present at Google Cloud Next 2018 at the request of Allan Naim, a Kubernetes Engine product manager at Google. In our talk, we highlighted reference architectures for container security and technical demos of attack vectors in the ecosystem. Our talk centered around architectures for FinTech companies running on Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), but anyone running containers and Kubernetes can leverage the findings we’ll review here.
We’re picking up our coverage of Gartner’s security conference with a continued discussion of the Top 10 Security Projects Gartner recommends you do this year, in prioritized order. In Part I of the discussion, we highlighted Privileged Account Management, CARTA-inspired Vulnerability Management, and Active Anti Phishing. Neil continued his list by highlighting the need for protections like StackRox provides. #4 – Application Control on Server Workloads For this project, Neil emphasized the need to reduce the attack surface and limit certain functions from running on servers.
We’ve been highlighting a number of the talks at Gartner’s security conference last month, including on the value of shifting right with security, risk-prioritized vulnerability guidance, and the principles of continuous security. In this recap, we’ll profile Neil MacDonald’s presentation on the Top 10 Security Projects you should undertake this year. He led off the talk acknowledging we’re never “done” in security, and that it’s futile to try to build perfect security.
We’ve enjoyed a great partnership with Google, with our StackRox Container Security Platform enhancing the security capabilities of Google Cloud Platform. We were honored when the folks at GCP asked us to speak at the Next conference on security reference architectures. During his talk on Wednesday, July 25, our head of products, Wei Lien Dang, will highlight three customers – a Fortune 100 bank, a Fortune 50 financial services firm, and a Global 200 e-commerce company.
The StackRox Container Security Platform Today we announced that we will release an updated version of the StackRox Container Security Platform later this month. As we continue to lead the industry in container security innovation, we are excited to detail our new capabilities. Over the past nine months or so since we started shipping our software, we have seen a few consistent patterns among our enterprise customers. These organizations remain focused on reducing the attack surface across their container environments, and addressing orchestrator-based threats are a key part of that initiative.
In recent blog posts, we’ve been highlighting some of the key takeaways from Gartner’s recent security conference. In the session on the top 10 principles of CARTA (Continuous Adaptive Risk and Trust Assessment), Neil MacDonald highlighted how organizations need to change their security practices to match today’s world. One of the more interesting observations Neil made was that organizations in general have over-invested in preventative measures and they’ve underinvested in the detection and response.
We recently highlighted Gartner’s advice to “shift right” with security, to avoid burdening developers from a security standpoint. Gartner analyst Dale Gardner continued that theme with this opening slide to his talk advising teams to “Fix What Matters” in the area of vulnerabilities. Dale noted that we excel at finding vulnerabilities, leading to the garbage heap analogy. “We end up with this graveyard of multiple vulnerability reports,” Dale observed. Bringing this world view into container security doesn’t make this problem any easier – indeed, now you have more “things” to secure.
Like at least 20,000 other of our closest friends, we call it a victory just to have survived the chaos of the RSA Conference last week. Terrible traffic. Mission Street torn up. Moscone renovations. Shaking enough hands to get sick. A too-quiet show floor. And of course, the much bemoaned “take over by marketing” of security. The show leaves plenty to complain about. And yet… StackRox had a great, great week.
Introducing StackRox Prevent: Reimagining Container Deployment Security to Minimize Your Attack Surface
Security leaders today are charged with the increasingly complex task of defending the technology that powers modern enterprises, at a time when the software stack has never been more diverse or unmanageable. Implementing a coherent security program can seem daunting in light of the patchwork of duties that may fall under a security organization’s purview: static code analysis, identity and access management, compliance, data privacy and integrity, vulnerability management, monitoring, incident response, threat hunting, forensics…and the list continues.
Today, we are excited to announce the release of StackRox Detect and Respond 2.0, our container-native runtime security product, and StackRox Adversarial Intent Model, the foundation for our ongoing threat research and threat detection strategy. While our previous 1.3 release focused on providing greater flexibility, configurability, and scalability for customers, version 2.0 expands the breadth and depth of our threat detection capabilities and adds advanced automation features to make it easier for enterprise customers to protect their container environments, whether they are running on-premise or in popular cloud service providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Compute Platform (GCP), Microsoft Azure and others.
In the seventh video in our demo series, we’ll take a look at StackRox reports. StackRox gives you summary reports for any period of time to help you get a sense of the risk in your environment. In this video, you can see how we provide a number of preset reports, including an overview summary, alerts by severity, top attacks, policy violations, infected applications and services, top vulnerable services and images, and external infection sources.