How to Understand Weaknesses in Your Cloud-Based IT Systems
By Space Coast Daily // August 28, 2019
As we as business leaders outsource more and more of our IT systems to operations that are hosted on the cloud, it’s easy to also outsource the feeling of responsibility when it comes to the data that’s stored there, and the systems that are based upon the cloud.
That’s only natural – with the outsourcing of the tech, we might feel that we’re outsourcing the security concerns, too.
However, it is ultimately your business’ responsibility to look over your cloud-based IT systems – and this article shows you how best to go about that checking and understanding.
Understanding The Cloud
Let’s start with the basics: what is the cloud, and what does it mean for your business?
Well, there are simple and complex answers to this question – but ultimately you should regard the cloud as an external system that enabled containerized systems to be stored ad operated through your business. I
t’s a marvelous tool, but it comes with its downsides. For instance, there are multiple new and emerging vulnerabilities to the cloud and the systems that run upon it – and that’s what new systems of security are attempting to address.
The Kubernetes System
When it comes to building and deploying applications and managing storage in the cloud, the most popular platform that enables such business activity is the Kubernetes system.
This enables businesses to store data in the cloud, and to plug in all kinds of wonderful apps and systems that contribute to the business’ success. Kubernetes is open-source and cloud native, which means that it’s portable and extensible, and applicable to all kinds of pre-existing systems.
By leveraging declarative data and the automation of processes that would take a long time to manually compute, it’s a system that enables CPU and memory management, secrets management, load balancing and storage management.
How to Secure Kubernetes
The Kubernetes system is so popular that it’s becoming clear that it will develop a number of vulnerabilities over time.
This is especially true of a changing informational and cyber-crime landscape, in which cybercriminals and other bad actors are looking for different ways to enter the data storage of companies in order to extract their secrets.
This is why Kubernetes security consideration is so important in the modern era – it’s the only way to guarantee that your cloud-based systems – systems that likely take up the majority of your applications – are kept secure and safe.
How Kubernetes Security Works
One of the core principles of the Kubernetes security in the cloud is based on the generic shared responsibility model of the cloud.
While cloud service providers will take some responsibility for securing their infrastructure, you are still responsible for using Kubernetes securely and ensuring your apps are built and deployed with the right security controls.
Things like vulnerability management, configuration management, and compliance are all the customer’s responsibility.
Kubernetes and the cloud may be difficult to wrap one’s head around, but they’re one of the primary battlegrounds upon which the future of our cybersecurity depend.
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