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Manage cloud security risk

With daily updates in a cloud-native environment, it is easy for new vulnerabilities to be introduced and applications to fall out of compliance. It can take days or weeks to detect and respond to container specific attacks, leaving your company open to data breaches, reputational damage and compliance fines. Ultimately these issues can distract DevOps teams and slow down releases. Kubernetes security requires a new approach.

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Built for Kubernetes and container security

To make your teams as productive as possible, you need to automate and merge security and compliance into the DevOps workflow. Your tool of choice should address security requirements across all stages of the Kubernetes lifecycle and integrate into the DevOps ecosystem.
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Sysdig Secure DevOps Platform - Build, Run, Respond
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Legacy vulnerability management not working?

Deploy Securely

Use a single workflow for detecting vulnerabilities and misconfigurations in containers. Verify configuration meets CIS benchmarks and application compliance with NIST and PCI.

Technical Brief

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Can’t detect malicious activity?

Block Threats
at Runtime

Prevent threats without impacting performance using Kubernetes-native controls. Strengthen Kubernetes security using automated policies.

Kubernetes Security Guide

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Losing time and money after a breach?

Respond Quickly

Automatically remediate by triggering response actions and notifications. Conduct forensics after the container is gone. Enable audit by correlating Kubernetes activity.

Activity Audit Blog

Sysdig Secure

Sysdig Secure embeds Kubernetes security and compliance into the build, run, and respond stages of the application lifecycle. Now you can identify vulnerabilities, check compliance, block threats and respond faster. Powered by the open-source cloud native runtime security project called Falco. Read more about how Sysdig Secure extends Falco.

Image Scanning


Scan container images in the CI/CD pipeline and block vulnerabilities before they reach production.



Validate compliance across the lifecycle of containers, Kubernetes and cloud-native workloads.

Runtime Security


Detect and block attacks, combining deep visibility into system calls with Kubernetes metadata, labels and audit events.

Forensics and Audit

and Audit

Record a snapshot of pre- and post-attack activity through system calls.

Leading Companies Rely on Sysdig to Protect Their Business

How ATPCO implemented Red Hat OpenShift with Sysdig security and visibility platform.

Goldman Sachs discusses monitoring, troubleshooting, and securing containers in production.

Nicolas Kramer

“With Sysdig's container intelligence platform Quby gained complete visibility into the performance, health, and security of their new infrastructure and container applications.”

Nicholas Krame, Infrastructure. Quby

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Kubernetes?

A: Kubernetes is an open-source platform for managing automated container deployment, scaling, workloads and services. Originally developed by Google and now maintained by the CNCF (Cloud Native Computing Foundation), the purpose for Kubernetes is to automate the operations, deployment, and scaling of application containers across clusters of hosts. Cloud services offered by many vendors now offer their branded version of Kubernetes.

Q: Why use Kubernetes?

A: Containers are very effective at bundling and running your applications. In production settings, there is a need to manage containers that run your applications without downtime. Kubernetes is a framework that manages distributed systems robustly as well as manages the scaling and failover of your container applications. Kubernetes stores and manages sensitive information, will restart containers that fail, automates rollbacks and rollouts, and manages automated mounts of storage systems.

Q: What is Kubernetes Security?

A: Kubernetes security mechanisms protect you against container based attacks. These attacks often occur by hackers exploiting vulnerabilities in container base images or even 3rd party libraries. It could also be due to cluster misconfigurations that allow malicious activity to go undetected at runtime or cause cloud-native applications to fall out of compliance. As a result, your teams need to embed security and compliance across the Kubernetes lifecycle. Native controls like PodSecurityPolicies, helps prevent privilege escalation and blocks threats at runtime. Using open-source Falco, you can detect and alert on malicious activity at runtime. A Kubernetes security tool that is part of your DevOps ecosystem can help you manage your cloud security risk.

Q: What is a Kubernetes Cluster?

Kubernetes pools together various nodes into a cluster to run cloud-native applications. The Kubernetes cluster contains, at minimum, a master node and a worker node. The master node maintains the desired state of the cluster, such as which applications are running and which container images they use and directly controls the worker node. Worker nodes actually run the applications and workloads. When you deploy programs onto the cluster, the master node intelligently handles distributing work to the individual nodes. If any nodes are added or removed, Kubernetes will automatically manage your cluster to match the desired state.

Q: What is difference between Kubernetes and Docker?

Kubernetes and Docker are fundamentally different technologies that work well together for building, delivering, and scaling containerized applications. Docker packages software, or microservices, into a container, to make them more portable. Kubernetes is the orchestrator that helps you scale and manage multiple Docker containers at scale.

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