How to Lock Down Container Security

As you migrate workloads to the public cloud, and adopt new technologies such as containers, make sure you’ve got the visibility and expanded security posture you need.

You’re likely familiar with all the reasons supporting a move to containers. Because they share a single operating system (OS) kernel, they’re lightweight, quick to start, and use little memory. Some of the tantalizing benefits they offer businesses and developers include:

  • Platform independence so developers can ‘build it once, run it anywhere’
  • Higher app density for more efficient use of hardware and system resources
  • Improved app isolation via the container host
  • Improved developer productivity and continuous integration and continuous delivery (CICD) pipeline integration
  • Rapid and smooth scaling with simple orchestration

Terrific stuff. But containers as a class can unfortunately introduce some security deficits. Keep in mind that while containers can bring some IT value, they do not offer comprehensive security. Many of the specific challenges result from the way containers function, and where and how they are used. Here are containers’ top security issues and the available fixes we recommend.

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