Container security is the process of implementing tools and policies to ensure that container infrastructure, apps, and other container components are protected.
One of the most important things to know about container security is that it reflects the changing nature of IT architecture itself. The rise of cloud native computing has fundamentally changed how applications are created. With that, we must also fundamentally change how we secure them.
A container is a standalone file or package of software files with everything you need to run an application. The application’s code, dependencies, library, runtime, and system tools are all “contained” within the container. As a result, containers have made the process of developing an application faster, simpler, and more powerful than ever.
With the rise of cloud computing and the sophistication of application development technologies, developers have grown tired of dealing with OS and application dependencies. The adoption of containers and container orchestration platforms, like Kubernetes and Docker, is the result of two factors: a demand for accelerated time-to-market enabled by DevOps, and a desire for application portability across clouds.