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Atomicorp Releases First Kernel-Level Docker Security and is Available Today Through AWS, Azure and Direct

By Mike Shinn

Chantilly, VA, August 16, 2017 – Atomicorp, the leader in secure Linux, today announced the first hardened Linux kernel designed specifically to protect Docker containers from entire classes of cyber attacks. Atomic Secured Docker Kernel for Ubuntu and CentOS are available today on Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS). The secure kernel comes pre-packaged with either the Ubuntu or CentOS Linux image. The hardened kernels are also available for direct purchase for on-premises environments.

“The Atomic Secured Docker Kernel is about protecting containers from break-ins and break-outs. Few people understand that vulnerabilities at the kernel and OS layer are inherited by every Docker container on that system. By hardening the kernel, that kernel and OS level protection is inherited by all containers. The protection also extends to preventing container breakouts, application layer attacks such as memory corruption attacks, buffer overruns, overflow attacks, code reuse attacks,  and much more. Docker has quickly become widely used in production environments, but security hasn’t kept up. Atomic Secured Docker Kernels protect containers automatically. Developers don’t have to do a thing other than load the OS image or use the secure kernel,” said Scott Shinn, Atomicorp chief technology officer.

Atomicorp CEO Mike Shinn added, “Docker security has emerged as an important enterprise risk factor. 451 Research estimates that Docker container spending will reach $2.7 billion by 2020 and is growing at a 40 percent compound annual growth rate. The firm also found that 14 percent of organizations were using Docker in production. The problem is that few developers understand that containers are very vulnerable to bottom-up, top-down and lateral cyber attacks. And, the risks are very different from virtual servers where functions are actually isolated. Atomicorp creates umbrella protection for Docker containers by using the kernel to prevent malicious activity from occurring or replicating. It all happens in the background so the developers and application managers don’t have to worry about it. They are automatically protected.”

Atomic Secured Docker Kernels protect Docker containers from entire classes of common cyber attacks through innovative technologies including:

  1. Container Break-out Prevention (CBOP)
  2. Reuse Attack Protection (RAP)
  3. Memory Corruption protection
  4. Bounds checks for kernel copies to/from userland
  5. Stack protection against Buffer overflow attacks
  6. Prevention of direct userland access by the kernel
  7. Prevention of userland code execution by kernel
  8. Hardened userland memory permissions
  9. Automatic response to exploit brute forcing
  10. Code reuse attack prevention
  11. And many more

The kernels are also rebootless and enable a virtual patching approach so you don’t need to modify containers to update protections or reboot the system to update the kernel. Atomic Secured Docker Kernels are in use today at Fortune 500 companies and are suitable for small businesses as well as large enterprise. The hardened kernels are designed for automated protection with low overhead requirements so performance is nearly identical to a standard, unprotected OS image.

  • You can learn more about Atomic Secured Docker Kernels here.
  • Azure hosted Atomic Secured Linux Kernel for Ubuntu and CentOS
  • AWS hosted Atomic Secured Docker kernel for CentOS.
  • Direct purchase of Atomic Secured Docker Kernel here.

About Atomicorp

Atomicorp provides automated cybersecurity protection for everything running on Linux on any device. More than 1,000 organizations trust Atomicorp products to protect over 20,000 servers and IoT devices. Atomicorp provides the industry’s leading WAF Rules set for Modsecurity, the most trusted Linux server protection with Atomic Secured Linux and the only high performance, production-ready secure kernel for Docker containers. Founded in 2015 and headquartered in the Washington, DC area, Atomicorp serves diverse customer needs in cloud, virtual and dedicated systems across large enterprise, small and mid-sized business, government and hosting providers. For more information, visit: http://www.atomicorp.com/

 

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