Portshift Strengthens Kubernetes Protection with K8SHIELD Framework and Context Aware Security
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Entry Description
A greater view of K8's containerized environment attack surfaces is a critical first step in strengthening security for Kubernetes deployments. The K8SHIELD Framework provides a window to better understand the current security vulnerabilities of the Kubernetes implementation. With this framework, DevOps and security professionals now have access to a globally-accessible knowledge base for threat modeling for more resilient container operating environments and overall security context required for an efficient security posture.

The K8SHIELD Framework is a Portshift-developed knowledge base of curated information that provides a clear picture of adversarial tactics, techniques, and common knowledge to organize and categorize various processes and approaches used by threat actors in the digital world. The framework, modeled after the well-known MITRE ATT&CK® Framework, but designed specifically for the Kubernetes ecosystem, allows for the identification of attack patterns within Kubernetes clusters, following the attack methods defined by the MITRE ATT&CK® Framework. K8SHIELD then analyzes those patterns to provide remediation suggestions and detailed reports.

Portshift K8SHIELD Kubernetes-native protection includes:
● K8SHIELD Framework based on the known MITRE ATT&CK® Framework, providing security teams with detailed analysis of their Kubernetes clusters' risk level.
● K8SHIELD's holistic view of the Kubernetes cluster risk level with dedicated mitigation suggestions for each attack pattern.
● Synergy with the MITRE ATT&CK® Framework - execution, defense evasion, credential access, discovery and lateral movement sections.
● Ability to minimize crypto-mining manipulations through tight control of deployed pods and CronJobs.
● Detection of exposed Kubernetes dashboards or applicative dashboards deployed in Kubernetes clusters.
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