Containers are Here! What About Container Security?

The industry is gaga for container technologies like and for good reason. According to research, make up about 19% of today, but in just 2 years’ time, will make up one-third of hybrid cloud production workloads.

Not surprisingly, rapid growth and proliferation of application containers have led to several security issues:

-35% of professionals claim that their organization’s current server workload security solutions do no support the same functionality for containers, requiring the use of separate technologies. This adds cost and complexity to safeguarding valuable IT assets.

-34% of cybersecurity professionals claim that they need to verify images stored in container registries meet their organization’s security and compliance requirements. Again, they tend to need specialized tools to accomplish this task.

-33% of cybersecurity professionals claim that there is a lack of mature solutions available for container security. This is understandable as container security is dominated by startups and point tools at present (i.e., Aporeto, Aqua Security, Cavirin, CloudPassage, Layered Insight, Neuvector, StackRox, Twistlock, etc.). We are seeing more and more coverage from established players as well like Tenable Networks, Trend Micro, VMware, etc. Cybersecurity pros should pay close attention to this market as vendors and tools are evolving quickly.

-30% of cybersecurity professionals claim that the potential for container sprawl creates loose access controls between containers that could leave their production environment more vulnerable. This indicates process and management problems that lead to security vulnerabilities.

-27% of cybersecurity professionals claim that portability makes containers more susceptible to “in motion” compromises. And a lot of security pros don’t have the tools to monitor transient containers and microservices as they appear and disappear.

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