Fend off the increasing container attacks in the cloud

The computer security company Skybox Security released an update to its 2019 Vulnerability and Threat Trends report. As the name implies, this report analyzes the computer vulnerabilities in play during the first half of 2019.

Some of the key findings included the rapid growth of vulnerabilities in cloud containers. With thousands of enterprises declaring allegiance to containers and container orchestration, this can’t be good news.

According to the report, vulnerabilities in container software have increased by 46 percent in the first half of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018, and by 240 percent as compared to the figures two years ago.

What’s a CIO to do? 

The obvious reality is that many more containers are in use now than last year and the year before. The rapid growth rate of containers will continue, and thus any systemic vulnerabilities will be exaggerated.

The good news from the report is that out of more than 7,000 known vulnerabilities published in the first two quarters of 2019, only a small fraction (about 650) will ever be exploited. Most important, less than 1 percent will be exploited in a large-scale attack. Still, with thousands of new containers going into production, even 1 percent is a concern.


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