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SAN FRANCISCO – As enterprise companies take up the mantle of “digital transformation,” the modern-day tech marketing moniker for the process of buying the new stuff, security is always a primary concern. It was pretty clear from the first day of Dockercon that the container ecosystem is still focused on reassuring their fears, but it was also clear that progress is being made.

There was a security-related discussion during nearly every time slot allocated to the tech tracks at DockerCon in San Francisco Wednesday, but the nature of those conversations have changed, according to presenters and attendees. The pioneering container company has had to dispel a lot of myths about container security as it has pivoted from a developer tools company to an enterprise vendor, and it’s making progress by reminding companies of a long-held truism of computing security; it’s a process, not an add-on.

“It’s interesting and positive to see how people – and vendors – are thinking about security not just specifically for individual Docker instances, but the much broader and important topic of security for enterprise-scale deployments,” said Fernando Montenegro, a security analyst with 451 Research.

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Containers are popular because they give users much more flexibility and control over how they deploy their applications, especially on public clouds. But they changed a lot of assumptions about how security worked across this new architecture, and that gave rise to the false notion that containers are inherently insecure.

Containerized applications are decoupled from hardware, which is often managed by a company like Amazon Web Services. That means security policies designed around self-managed servers no longer applied and poor security …read more

Source:: GeekWire


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