Security use case

Securing CI/CD pipelines

Save time by automating security and compliance for complex DevOps workflows


What is a CI/CD pipeline?

The purpose of CI/CD is to automate and streamline the software development process by making small changes and additions incrementally. It helps in pushing out features faster while preventing issues that could cause release delays — or worse, that could result in an application release being rolled back.

One domain that has a reputation for slowing things down is security. Taking care of security as early as possible (aka shifting security left) helps DevOps teams maintain the speed of their releases. As such, to preserve the value of CI/CD, the ideal security steps will not slow it down.

Why secure your CI/CD pipeline?

CI/CD is a vital part of developing and deploying cloud-native applications. It is both a conduit and a repository of assets that are critical to your organization. This makes it an attractive attack surface.

Some of the points that can be exploited by attackers are use of open source third party code. They can also come from using automation tools like GitHub actions and Jenkins. Even an image pulled from a well established registry can be a source of misconfigurations and vulnerabilities. Developers may also fail to follow best practices for code security, which increases the attack surface.

The goal is to detect issues as they arise, at a stage they can be easily fixed. When security, performance, and availability issues are detected after the product is complete or released, remediation can turn into a time-consuming and expensive process. Which is the direct opposite of what CI/CD seeks to achieve. Oftentimes, these issues are only discovered in production, which in the case of severe security flaws, can be catastrophic.

One of the most useful features is the ability to scan deployment pipelines and getting the feedback in the pipeline. I can then identify drift and take measures to create a stronger security posture.


author label
Morten Hansen IT System Administrator, Energi Danmark

The solution

ARMO Platform is there to help you achieve a secure CI/CD pipeline from the moment you write your first YAML line, through clusters in production. It works for you at every one of the four recommended security gates. Ensuring you are both quick and secure in your application development and delivery.

Benefits of securing your CI/CD pipeline with ARMO Platform

  • ARMO Platform is a single automated and integrated system that captures the needs of each of the four recommended security gates.


    • Security gate #1 – Prevention during coding
    • Security gate #2 – Detection through code repository scanning
    • Security gate #3 – Detection through container image registry scanning
    • Security gate #4 – Continuous security post-deployment


    Using ARMO Platform removes the need to integrate multiple products to secure this essential software development process without slowing it down.


    Native integration to developer tools like VSCode, Kubernetes Lens, GitHub, CircleCI, Jenkins and Docker Desktop, makes ARMO Platform a developer-friendly product that security professionals love.


    Security shouldn’t start in the deployment stage and it cannot end at the development stage. ARMO Platform is here to support developers and security personnel to secure applications throughout the software development lifecycle. Thus providing coverage for security from left to right throughout the CI/CD pipeline.

  • Click here to learn how Energi Danmark Business Support used ARMO Platform for Security Upskilling.

Start Using ARMO Platform Now

An end-to-end Kubernetes security platform powered by Kubescape

Start Now Free Forever

Continue to Slack

Get the information you need directly from our experts!

new-messageContinue as a guest