When it comes to the nitty-gritty of computing terminology and operations, you might be forgiven for outsourcing the responsibility of IT oversight to those who are more in the know than yourself. After all, computing in the modern era is all about stacks and layers of efficiency and working projects that help to manage data, workloads, and systems that your business relies upon to remain stable and operational within and throughout the financial year. This article exposes you to the specific operations of Kubernetes in order to inform you about the important cybersecurity work that it does in keeping your cloud-based systems data safe from external influence.
The Basics of Kubernetes
On a basic level, Kubernetes is an open-source project that aims to create an environment in which hundreds of tech-savvy researchers and developers can enhance the built-in security that comes part and parcel with your cloud-based system. Kubernetes is currently the most widely used container orchestrator on the market, which goes some way to show its effectiveness and reliability. But what exactly is it used for?
Kubernetes relies upon the use of containerized applications. While this might sound like computing jargon that whizzes right over your head, it’s actually merely a term for the fact that many of our business systems are now working as siloed-off systems that we plug in to our businesses in order to achieve operational dynamism and efficiency. Kubernetes is the system upon this world is based – but it’s something that businesses might be unaware of entirely – or if they are aware, they might not know about the risks.
Secure Your Kubernetes Space
In the past couple of years, some serious vulnerabilities have been identified in the Kubernetes space – of both medium and high levels of severity – and as such, there has been a great deal of work to help ensure that these threats and vulnerabilities aren’t left exposed to bad actors to exploit and undermine. At the same time, Kubernetes security has improved and developed in parallel to the identification of these weaknesses in order to help businesses and individuals become aware of their own operational vulnerabilities, and how to overcome them.
How to Secure Kubernetes
Now we arrive at the key point of the article – how to take a sweeping overview of your own Kubernetes structures, and how to make sure that you’re operating with a high level of security and vulnerability identification as you move forward through the quarters and years ahead. Some things to be particularly aware of include:
- The storage system that enables Kubernetes to work: nodes stored inside pods stored inside containers. These containers should, in essence, be self-standing in order to avoid spread vulnerability.
- Frequent checks of the level of vulnerability in all areas of your Kubernetes system are likely to show up a number of gaps in your understanding and maintenance of security in the system. This is key to your Kubernetes security.
- If you work with Kubernetes security, make sure that you’re following some of the industry-leading advice in order to maintain fast and efficient business processes at the same time as working to high levels of cybersecurity.
With these elements at the forefront of your mind, your harnessing of the power of Kubernetes will be without strife and hardship moving forwards.