Containers are a method of packaging software in a way that allows that software to run consistently across different environments. They are similar to virtual machines in that they provide a way to isolate software from the underlying infrastructure, but they are more lightweight and efficient. Containers use the host operating system's kernel and do not require a separate operating system to be installed, which makes them faster and more resource-efficient than virtual machines.
The Importance of Containers and the Challenges they Pose to Security
The importance and power of containers lies in their ability to provide a consistent and portable environment for software deployment. Containers allow developers to package their applications and dependencies together, so they can run exactly the same way on any machine that has the container runtime installed. This makes it easier to move applications between development, testing, and production environments, as well as between different cloud providers and on-premises environments.
Containers also make it easier to scale and manage applications, as they can be easily created, destroyed, and replaced without affecting the underlying infrastructure. This makes them well-suited for use in microservices and other distributed architectures, where small, independent components can be deployed and managed independently.
Alongside their many benefits, containers also pose many new security challenges. Because containers share the host operating system's kernel, vulnerabilities in the host can also affect the containers running on it. Additionally, containers can be used to run malicious software, and attackers can use them as a means to move laterally through a network and gain access to sensitive data.
How Runecast Helps You Achieve and Maintain Container Security
Runecast is a security platform and Cloud Native Application Protection Platform (CNAPP) that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to automatically identify security issues in containerized environments. It supports the Kubernetes orchestration platform and can be used to scan and analyze container images, deployed containers, and the host systems they run on.
Runecast scans container images for known vulnerabilities and misconfigurations, and can also detect runtime issues such as exposed ports and running processes. It also provides a public API which can be used in your CI/CD platform to analyze the container images and whether they are vulnerable or not to known vulnerabilities, before deploying them in production.
Containers are a powerful and versatile technology that provides many benefits for software deployment and management. However, they also pose new security challenges that must be addressed to ensure that containerized environments are safe and secure. Runecast is a solution that addresses those challenges by providing automated security standards assessment and compliance capabilities for containerized environments. By using Runecast, organizations can ensure that their containerized applications and services are secure, compliant, and ready for production.
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Runecast is a Kubernetes Security Posture Management (KSPM) platform that helps organizations ensure the security and compliance of their Kubernetes infrastructure. It is at the forefront of CNAPP and proactively assists with Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) and Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC). In addition, it provides continuous audits against common security standards such as: NIST, HIPAA, PCI DSS, DISA STIG, BSI IT-Grundschutz, ISO 27001, GDPR, KVKK, Cyber Essentials (UK), Essential 8 (Australia), and the CISA KEVs catalog. Organizations can assess their container workloads against each of these standards at the click of a button and prove their compliance in moments. Combined with Runecast’s Config Vault organizations can track any changes in their containers, base images and host machines, ensuring any deviance from the expected standard is quickly rectified and does not propagate through multiple container deployments.
In conclusion, containers are a powerful and versatile technology that provides many benefits for software deployment and management. However, they also pose new security challenges that must be addressed to ensure that containerized environments are safe and secure. Runecast is a solution that addresses those challenges by providing automated security and compliance capabilities for containerized environments. By using Runecast, organizations can ensure that their containerized applications and services are secure, compliant, and ready for production.
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