Containerization has rapidly emerged as the solution of choice for the deployment of applications in cloud and hybrid environments — and the proliferation of containers continues to accelerate. According to Gartner, 90% of global organizations will be running containerized applications in production by 2026 — up from 40% in 2021. 1 And according to a Forrester study for Capital One, 86% of IT leaders surveyed have prioritized the expanded use of containers for more applications.
According to Gartner, 90% of global organizations will be running containerized applications in production by 2026 — up from 40% in 2021.
All of which, of course, puts added pressure on those responsible for securing IT environments to keep up with container deployment, particularly in a DevOps model that prioritizes rapid adoption and expansion. While a number of specialized container security solutions have sprung up, these platform-specific, container-only entities end up adding complexity and management overhead without addressing the enterprise data center as a whole — making life more complicated for security teams. What’s needed is a single, comprehensive security solution that works consistently across all applications and technologies running in on-premises, cloud, and hybrid environments, including containers.
Before we dive into solutions, though, let’s take a quick look at the container phenomenon, the forces driving it, and the implications from a security perspective.