The GKE security posture dashboard
Expanding security coverage to your workloads
While a move to Kubernetes provides the foundation for application modernization and developer agility that underpins many organizations’ digital transformation efforts, it can also create new security requirements. Many organizations choose GKE to run and secure containerized workloads because it can help with vital security tasks, including:
- manage patching, hardening, and compliance;
- enforce security best practices;
- and provide powerful controls for segmentation and isolation.
In addition to infrastructure security, containerized workload security is also important. When moving to Kubernetes (or any new platform or architecture,) the threat models, controls, and best practices might not be immediately clear or obvious. Moving to Kubernetes is often part of the digital transformation process for many organizations, and organizations wish to avoid speed bumps that slow modernization and innovation. This process can often lead teams new to Kubernetes to consider expensive and complex third-party tooling that they may not need.
GKE security posture management can enhance the visibility of workload security, delivering “out-of-the-box” foundational security tools that can simplify management, and can help reduce the need for specialized security expertise. We’re now providing these tools at no extra cost to GKE customers.
Container security made simple
GKE leverages industry standards and the GKE team’s security expertise to provide detailed assessments and assign severity ratings. The dashboard can also show you which of your workloads are affected by a specific security concern, and can make suggestions on how to fix the problem.
Identifying workloads with security vulnerabilities
Workload vulnerability awareness
If you’re drowning in a sea of Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) alerts that seem disconnected from your critical workloads, you are not alone. To address this, GKE scans all of your workloads for CVEs in the Operating System at no extra charge every single day, bubbling the most potentially impactful vulnerabilities to the top of the dashboard. These vulnerability findings are mapped directly to your running workloads, with filters and sorting that can help make prioritization and remediation a breeze.
Vulnerability scan results
Workload security misconfiguration awareness
An overly permissive Kubernetes configuration can threaten the overall security of your clusters. The GKE team and industry experts have worked to develop configuration security standards such as the Pod Security Standards. These specifications can help you avoid issues such as running overly-privileged users and unintended host node access.
However, it’s not always easy to ensure that your workloads comply with these standards. The security posture dashboard can provide continuous analysis of deployed workload configurations to surface potentially overly permissive configurations and provide you with specific, actionable fixes.
Highlighting configuration issues and providing recommended actions
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GKE Autopilot already provides a managed Kubernetes experience that can reduce technical expertise barriers with an opinionated, “hands-free” operating mode. GKE now extends this managed experience to the security domain with an opinionated set of standards-based guardrails and integral security tools.
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By: Glen Messenger (Product Manager) and Victor Szalvay (Product Manager)
Source: Google Cloud Blog