The cloud native environment is always shifting and evolving. It is critical for those working in this field to stay on top of new developments, get the most out of their cloud native investments, and, most importantly, ensure these environments remain secure.
Cloud native’s popularity and adoption is skyrocketing, and more companies are turning to it to speed up their digital transformations. However, as cloud-native tools become more fundamental to the operations of these companies, new security threats emerge, making security an even more critical concern. It’s a fast-paced world, and companies that take a cloud native approach must keep up with the latest developments.
Attacks are Becoming More Sophisticated
Threat actors have discovered new ways to penetrate the cloud native supply chain and corrupt the dependencies, images, and open-source components that developers depend on to provide the fast-paced lifecycle of cloud native applications. Developers frequently use images from public repositories or third-party base images, which have made it possible for attackers to corrupt them by embedding malicious code.
To mitigate these risks, developers must search for both known vulnerabilities and apply complex threat analysis, which can help recognize malicious behavior that can only be detected after the picture has been created. Before pushing the image into development, this should be done in a safe sandbox environment. These initiatives can help counter the full spectrum of today’s threats, including advanced evasion strategies and malicious activity that static scanning alone cannot detect.
Supply chain attacks are just one instance of how sophisticated attacks against cloud native environments, especially Kubernetes, are on the rise. Attacks on container ecosystems have previously centered on exploiting configuration errors. Malware and rootkit attacks are two new types of emerging threats. Security tools must be checked and refreshed on a regular basis to keep up with the changing risk environment.
The has been a rise of ‘platform teams’ in some leading organizations. These teams are responsible for implementing the company’s cloud native platform strategy in all domains. Once in place, this enables developers to concentrate more on the organization’s core business, confident in the knowledge that the tools and processes for operations and security deployment are in place.
Developers can profit from these organizational changes because they will no longer need to have in-depth knowledge of Kubernetes or understand what needs to be done to protect workloads at runtime. However, to protect their environments against the increasingly sophisticated attack landscape, these platform teams would need to be experienced in cloud native security.
Architects have a variety of options for running a particular application component. Along with serverless functions and virtual machines, containers are one of several cloud native options. In the context of headless VMs, core processing options will remain important, but cloud architects will soon begin to experiment with new approaches for other serverless functions and DevOps tools.