The Increasing Importance of Container Security

By November 4, 2014 October 4th, 2017 News

“Perimeter security is kind of done for,” says one expert.

By John K. Waters

Containerization – essentially a stripped-down, smaller-footprint version of virtual machines – is rapidly gaining popularity. Along with its growth comes the need to secure the containerized applications, and those products are starting to hit the market.

Microsoft has embraced containers in a big way on its Azure platform, and has added a new security tool to its Azure Marketplace designed to allow Java developers deploying their apps on the Azure cloud platform to “BYOS” — Bring Your Own Security. Waratek Locker, unveiled this week at the Microsoft TechEd Europe conference in Barcelona, is a containerized Runtime Application Self-Protection (RASP) product that provides security monitoring, policy enforcement, and attack blocking from within the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).

Analyst firm Gartner has defined RASP as “a security technology built in or linked to an application or app runtime environment, and capable of controlling app execution and detecting and preventing real-time attacks.”

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