Kubernetes continues to only grow in popularity. A recent survey by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) found that 78% of the 1,340 respondents are using Kubernetes as their open-source container orchestration tool in production. This is an increase of 58% from the year previous, which is no small improvement! It is safe to say that Kubernetes is taking the world of cloud computing by storm. When it comes to protecting your cloud solution it is critical that businesses address security concerns as soon as possible. Your Kubernetes enablement is no different. Your business needs to address these four Kubernetes security challenges now in order to protect your cloud overall. From acknowledging compliance to balancing security with agility, your business cannot afford to miss out. Keep reading today’s blog to learn more about the security challenges of Kubernetes and recommendations for negating the risk.

#1: Always Remember Compliance

Always focusing on compliance is widely important for cloud computing, but especially for Kubernetes. By remaining hyper-vigilant on what is on default can help reduce certain risks. One such example is pod security policies that are responsible for securing multi-tenant clusters. The feature is still in beta mode, which means that it is not turned on by default. Even though it may be complicated to understand the default features in the Kubernetes platform, it is essential for optimum security. It may be worth creating security benchmarks to help increase the security of your Kubernetes. By preparing against cyber threats you are taking advantage of a proactive approach to security.

#2: Manage Configurations Of All Workloads Deployed

Secondly, the next Kubernetes security challenge that your business needs to address is the configuration of all workloads deployed. It is possible to deploy simple or complex applications made up of several services to achieve this. Take advantage of operators to package, deploy, and manage complex applications that were created to run on Kubernetes. By taking operation knowledge and encoding it into software, operators are able to share this information. In regards to security, operators make sure that all services deployed on Kubernetes support configurations. An operator can help manage Kubernetes, thus facilitating automated secured deployments.

#3: Manage Multi-Tenant Clusters

The more Kubernetes scales up, the more difficult it becomes to manage every single workload deployed on the clusters. One of the best ways to manage workloads deployed on clusters, alongside the clusters themselves is multi-tenancy. It saves your Kubernetes from becoming utterly chaotic. Thankfully, Kubernetes’ support for multi-tenancy has come a very long way. Key capabilities include but are not limited to Namespaces, role-based access control (RBCA), and network policy for micro-segmentation.

#4: Balance Security With Agility

Greater scale and agility are some of the benefits of cloud infrastructure. That being said, an emphasis on security should not fall on the wayside to innovation. Security should be a priority, not an afterthought. Take the time to build as much security automation as possible into Kubernetes. This will allow your business to take advantage of agility all the while not losing focus on security.

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