As they adapt to the long-term remote work environment, a large majority of enterprises throughout the world are migrating to the cloud. Kubernetes are being increasingly embraced as a container orchestration technology. The open source container orchestration technology has exploded in popularity due to its flexibility, portability, and multi-cloud capabilities.
As per a recent report from Veritas Technologies “Kubernetes an Achilles Heel in Defense Against Ransomware Attacks”, 86 percent of enterprises plan to adopt the technology in the next two to three years, with one-third already doing so. However, only 33% of companies that have used Kubernetes so far have solutions in place to protect against data loss incidents like ransomware.
As more businesses deploy containers, cybercriminals are increasingly threatening to exploit Kubernetes as a possible breach point to get access to a network, hold it hostage, and demand hefty ransomware payments. Hence, Kubernetes security has never been more important. As the costs of these attacks rise, enterprises must strengthen their Kubernetes security hygiene.
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Here are three methods that IT and cyber security professionals can adopt to ensure Kubernetes environments are secure against ransomware.
Investing in Appropriate Cloud Native Tooling
Good cyber hygiene is the first line of defense against any security threat. This entails having the appropriate tooling in place to secure a cloud native environment. Security capabilities must match the scale and speed of cloud-native development due to the quick, continuous delivery of services and applications.
Businesses need to focus on data centres and security workloads, as endpoint and perimeter protection are no longer useful since attacks can come from any direction. Detection is now focused on runtime environments in real-time rather than static signatures. Most importantly, security must be centered on an organization’s complete software stack, whether it’s hybrid or cloud-only.
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Shifting Away from a Backup-Only Strategy
Kubernetes is well-known for its stringent security protocols, which serve to prevent access to components outside of a cluster. It is not, however, unbreachable.
Many businesses believe that backup is the only security measure required to safeguard Kubernetes. This belief might make businesses even more exposed in the escalatingcybersecurity problem, with Kubernetes firmly in the sights of threat actors looking for new methods to infiltrate companies and steal their data.
The truth is that ransomware gangs are constantly improving their breach methods, making detection more difficult than ever. Containers and clusters are subject to many of the same vulnerabilities that make businesses vulnerable to ransomware attacks. As a result, businesses must implement increasingly stringent security protocols in order to have a better chance of thwarting attacks before they have can infiltrate.
Educate Employees on Ransomware Risks
The reality is that enterprises cannot afford to take a casual or reactive approach to Kubernetes security. In this new hybrid work paradigm, the more cloud-reliant enterprises become, the more determined threat actors will be to find methods to compromise those cloud environments. As a result, it’s critical that businesses take the time to educate non-IT employees on the threats to their company’s data, how to reduce these risks, and what precautions they should take to avoid data breaches.
The threat of ransomware is steadily increasing, as are the repercussions of being a victim. As a result, enterprises must secure Kubernetes at all costs while also strengthening their overall business resiliency. Of course, cybercriminals have made this a difficult task. Enterprises can successfully stop attack attempts and ensure the security of their Kubernetes infrastructure with a proactive security posture and an educated workforce, as well as effective disaster recovery and backup plan to ensure zero downtime.
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