Over half of IT professionals have Kubernetes security concerns

Civo has published new research, finding that 53% of developers are concerned about the security of Kubernetes.

Taken from Civo’s The Kubernetes State of Play 2022, the research found 54% of 1000 cloud developers surveyed by Civo view the complexity around Kubernetes as slowing their use of containers, an increase of 7% from the previous year. Failure to manage this complexity can often leave organizations vulnerable. When asked about other motivating factors for their security concerns around Kubernetes, just over 50% said misconfigurations and exposure were driving their concerns.

Many developers are also anxious about bad actors exploiting flaws in Kubernetes software. Almost two-thirds (66%) of developers said they were worried about the security concerns created by Kubernetes vulnerabilities. This comes at a time of concerted action by tech firms and government bodies to address this problem. Notably, the US Congress is pressing ahead with the Securing Open Source Software Act to create an industry-wide approach to tackling vulnerabilities connected to open-source software like Kubernetes.

Despite these security concerns, they come at a time of increased usage of Kubernetes. Civo found that for the first time the majority of IT professionals are using Kubernetes and containers in their daily operations, with 57% of respondents seeing an increase in the amount of Kubernetes clusters running in their organization over the last 12 months.

Mark Boost, CEO of Civo said “With any increased adoption of technology comes a heightened security risk, and rightfully an increase in concerns around vulnerabilities. Humans are still the number one factor in cybersecurity breaches, so more users will equal more threats. Bad actors are aware of the growing popularity of Kubernetes, and therefore see it as a riper target.

“Yet a lot of good work has already been done to combat this. Perhaps even more important than government legislation has been a wave of new standards and tools from the open-source community to find solutions to this problem, spearheaded by institutions like the Cloud Computing Foundation and The Open Source Security Foundation. It is essential for users to follow Kubernetes best practices, such as making configuring ports not accessible to the public. Now is the time for innovators to band together to ensure Kubernetes’ resilience can support its long-term adoption.”

Research also shows the inability to prevent bad things from happening as the worst part of a security job with more than a third of respondents unsure they could tell their boards that no adversaries are inside.
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