Compliance Use case

SOC 2 Kubernetes compliance

Get through your Kubernetes security audit with flying colors by using accepted frameworks


What is SOC2?

SOC 2 is a security framework that specifies how organizations should protect customer data from unauthorized access, security incidents, and other vulnerabilities. Its criteria is based on five “trust service principles”— Security, Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality and Privacy. SOC 2 certification is issued by outside auditors. They assess the extent to which a vendor complies with one or more of the five trust principles based on the systems and processes in place. The Security trust principle is always included in a SOC 2 audit, while the other four are optional.

Why should I care about SOC 2 for Kubernetes?

Adopting cloud native technologies, particularly Kubernetes, presents new compliance challenges, due to the ephemeral nature of containers. Yet, if you’re a service organization that stores, processes, or transmits any kind of customer data, you’ll likely need to be SOC 2 compliant. Not to mention that a single data breach can cost millions, in addition to the reputation hit and loss of customer trust.

In order to achieve SOC 2 compliance you will always need security. The security principle refers to protection of system resources against unauthorized access. Access controls help prevent potential system abuse, theft or unauthorized removal of data, misuse of software, and improper alteration or disclosure of information.

Other security scanners just scratch the surface. With ARMO we got a lot of other stuff like vulnerabilities, best practices, and relevant findings.

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Mirco Kater Information security officer, Gitpod

The solution

In order to protect against unauthorized access, you first need to know of potential access points that can be exploited. These can come from 3rd party images and code repositories. They can sometimes be mapped to a 3rd party product in use. Additionally, Role Based Access Management (RBAC) needs to be defined correctly and continuously watched for drift. After identifying and prioritizing vulnerabilities, you can get to the task of fixing them. Thus achieving better and SOC 2 compliant security. ARMO Platform is an auditor approved product that easily illuminates Kubernetes security vulnerabilities tagged by priority.


Benefits of using ARMO Platform SOC 2 audit prep

    • Recognized industry frameworks – Scan your clusters against industry standards such as NSA-CISA, CIS, and MITRE ATT&CK.
    • Create your own frameworks – Meet your unique security needs and audit requirements by building a custom framework from available controls.
    • Smart remediation advice – Allows for quick identification and prioritization of areas that require your attention.
    • Consistent monitoring and protection of clusters – You can also track changes over time and identify trends thanks to historical scans.
    Proactive security measures are essential in today’s ever-evolving threat landscape, and ARMO Platform allows for a proactive approach to security while fulfilling compliance needs.
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