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Since day one at StackRox, three years ago, we’ve made it a point to meet regularly with CISOs from top banks and other global 2000 companies. The focus of these discussions was on how we might expedite the adoption of containers, and improve the process of maintaining better security and regulatory compliance. Over the course of these many conversations, I’ve found that there are some important ideas worth sharing broadly, though they’re likely most interesting to IT and security leaders in the financial world, where both competitive and regulatory pressures are very high.
Four and a half years since it was first introduced, Docker continues to have a profound impact on reshaping how developers build, ship, and run software applications. Few could have anticipated the speed of Docker adoption that we have observed to date with more than 21 million hosts now running Docker, over 24 billion Docker container downloads, and a vibrant ecosystem of 100,000+ third-party projects that incorporate Docker. As the de facto standard for the container runtime and image format, Docker has democratized the ability for anyone to take advantage of container technologies that could previously only be utilized by a handful of the world’s largest, cloud-native companies.
In the seventh video in our demo series, we’ll take a look at StackRox machine learning capabilities. StackRox uses five simultaneous machine learning models to continuously capture and analyze millions of signals from your container and microservices environments, delivering insight and intelligence. You can use these powerful models – snapshot them, import and export them – in your distributed environments for good security hygiene and baselining for effective threat detection.
In the three and a half years since its release, Kubernetes has become one of the most popular container management systems on the market. A survey by 451 Research found that 71% of enterprise organizations running containers are using Kubernetes. Likewise, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) has emerged as one of the leading managed services for Kubernetes deployments, attracting customers like Niantic, Philips, Meetup, and Evernote. GKE extends the baseline benefits of Kubernetes, including automated cluster deployment, managed container networking, autoscaling, and a managed master node with guaranteed uptime and automated Kubernetes upgrades.
Machine learning (ML) can be a powerful tool for augmenting the detection efficacy of a cybersecurity solution. Using it effectively means first cutting through the hype and understanding the tangible steps needed to build models with it. The vast majority of enterprise security solutions – from antivirus applications to firewalls to intrusion detection and prevention systems – use (or at least claim to use) ML to detect threats that traditional approaches can’t, in many cases because such threats unfold faster or on a much larger scale than a traditional security solution can process.
In this fourth video of our demo series, I show how our solution gives responders the capabilities to hunt for threats in their environments by looking for malicious indicators. In this video, see how StackRox tracks suspicious events over time and surfaces them if they are used in malicious activity.
Here is our third video in our demo series, focusing on search and asset discovery. Watch the video below to learn about StackRox search and enumeration capabilities. See how we are able to leverage data optimization and machine learning, translating millions of signals into queryable infrastructure data at the hands of your security analyst.
Today we are excited to announce that version 1.3 of the StackRox platform is now generally available. Every new release adds a number of significant features, but 1.3 in particular enables greater flexibility, configurability, and scalability when securing some of the world’s largest enterprises running containers in production. We previously wrote that threat protection in container environments has to start with visibility and detection. This release delivers several advancements to detection rules, policies, and deployment automation that enable StackRox to discover a broader set of threats, faster.
We’re pleased to present the second video in our demo series. Watch the video below to learn about StackRox alert stories, helping security analysts examine events and data required for enforcement and responsive action. We’ll take a look at how StackRox focuses on techniques all attackers require to move and take action in an environment.
We’re pleased to begin our video demo series walking you through the StackRox platform. Our first video features a look at our map view and visibility features. This allows security teams to quickly understand what’s impacting their infrastructures, and gain a clear view of the risk across their overall environment.
On Tuesday, I had the honor of speaking about “Bringing the fight back to your security team,” at Structure Security 2017. My panel was comprised of former U.S. Government cybersecurity leaders who are now in the private sector, helping defend enterprises against attacks. Acknowledging that we’re flooded with breaches – with a record-breaking 4 billion personal records stolen by hackers in 2016 – we discussed strategies to turn the tide.
Enterprise organizations across diverse verticals, such as 3M, Adobe, Kellogg’s, and Netflix, have been ramping up their use of the public cloud to the point where that usage accounts for a substantial portion of their annual IT spend. ‘Enterprises with big budgets, data centers, and complex applications are now looking at cloud as a viable place to run core business applications’, according to Dave Bartoletti, an analyst at Forrester Research.
At StackRox, we’re thrilled to have the support of Ron Gula, an industry luminary and invaluable mentor to me for the past decade. Ron is a longtime leader in the security community, having started his career at the National Security Agency (NSA) conducting penetration tests of government networks and performing advanced vulnerability research. Ron is also an experienced entrepreneur, CTO, and CEO, as the original author of the Dragon Intrusion Detection System, CTO of Network Security Wizards (acquired by Enterasys Networks), and cofounder of Tenable Network Security, where he served as CEO from 2002-2016.
The last few decades have seen tremendous progress in machine learning (ML) algorithms and techniques. This progress, combined with various open-source efforts to curate implementations of a large number of ML algorithms has lead to the true democratization of ML. It has become possible for practitioners with and without a background in statistical inference or optimization – the theoretical underpinnings of ML – to apply ML to problems in their domain.
Why everyone from investors to the C-suite should consider container security Over the past few years, virtually all of the most innovative enterprise firms – from multinational banks like Goldman Sachs, to cutting-edge technology companies like Google – have set out to modernize the way they deliver software applications through containers and microservices architectures. By breaking down large applications into smaller, composable pieces, software developers and those in charge of managing applications have discovered that containers – and the microservices approach they enable – allow for software development that is far more agile, resilient, and efficient than traditional monolithic approaches.
WAF the heck do I do to protect against attacks on my container-based web applications? The hackers who want your organization’s valuable data will invariably target your web applications. Despite the steady increase in distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks and ransomware, web application attacks represent the most common cause of data breaches.1 The vast majority of these attacks are executed by botnets, operated by organized crime2. Their goals: stealing credentials, growing the size of the botnet, and, of course, exfiltrating information that can be used for financial gain.