When developing software securely, many organizations have traditionally relied primarily on administrative security controls—i.e., policy and procedure documents that dictate change control processes and the different steps that need to be completed to remain compliant.
If you hadn’t heard, NASA’s Artemis Program—the first endeavor to go back to the moon in 50 years—has stalled a bit. Though the new rocket—known as the Space Launch System—has been in the works for years, even now that it’s out on the pad and seemingly ready, the agency is taking its time to launch. That’s because NASA knows how high the stakes are—there are billions of dollars invested and their reputation as space explorers of the future is on the line.
Introduction Welcome! In the upcoming series of articles (this is Part 1), I’ll be discussing some things to consider if you want to use Kubernetes to host an application that is subject to PCI DSS. I have been interested in containers for quite a while now and have recently had a lot of PCI DSS clients asking about Kubernetes. The concepts and controls in PCI DSS don't always translate well to a containerized environment which gave me the idea to write this series. The series will be split up into PCI DSS domains and I'll do my best to provide some discussion topics as well as demonstrations for each. Nothing in this series is a guarantee that you'll be compliant with PCI DSS; there are too many variables to consider. My hope is that this provides a good starting point for planning a migration onto Kubernetes.
Executive Summary Docker is an advanced framework for deploying applications--in particular, cloud applications. It is notably different than working within traditional virtualization environments, and/or “standard” image-based cloud deployments at Amazon or Microsoft. With that comes opportunity for deployment engineers, but also challenges for security and compliance professionals. This post provides you with some perspective on technical architecture for Docker and specific use cases for configuring Docker containers for PCI compliance. Where I could, I provide screenshots and examples for a test Docker environment created for this purpose.
Codifying Your Configuration Standards If you have already gone through a PCI DSS, SOC, HIPAA/HITECH, or ISO assessment, you already know that detailed configuration standards are a must. If you haven’t been through one of these assessments …get ready for some serious typing!