How Zero Trust applies to container security
According to recent research, 1 in 4 companies using public cloud services have experienced data theft by a malicious actor. An additional 1 in 5 has experienced an advanced attack against their public cloud infrastructure. In the same study, 83% of organizations indicated that they store sensitive information in the cloud. With 97% of organizations worldwide using cloud services today, it is essential that everyone evaluates their cloud computing security and develops a strategy to protect their data.
The growing number of organizations spreading their information over multiple cloud vendors face the challenge of using single-security controls over an entire network. The value of using Zero Trust in the cloud not only increases an organization’s cloud security but also it to fully utilize the enterprise applications without losing performance or negatively affecting user experience. These Zero Trust benefits include the ability to better secure containers. Gartner estimates 75% of global organizations will be running containerized applications by 2022, benefitting from faster release cycles, increased scalability, reliability, and resilience. The adoption of microservices and containers requires a Zero Trust security approach beyond traditional perimeter protection.
Zero Trust requires an identity providing granular contextual visibility and behavioral nano-segmentation for containers and its components wherever they run. Vulnerability of container components can be assessed. Code embedded in the container can be evaluated at build time and periodically checked to ensure that known risks are exposed or mitigated, reducing the opportunities for malicious actors to exfiltrate a container workload. Cloud security posture management for container infrastructure and orchestration systems ensure that the environment’s configuration is not a source of risk and that the environment’s configuration does not leave the container exposed to unintentional risk. Automatic discovery of application/ Nano-segmentation helps organizations discover and monitor the behavior of network communications between container processes without relying on external factors.