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Aqua Security has announced version 3.5 of its cloud native security platform, which now protects a wide range of cloud native technologies, including applications using serverless functions. Customers can deploy end-to-end security to establish a consistent policy enforcement layer spanning containers, serverless containers (such as AWS Fargate) and serverless functions (such as AWS Lambda). 

In addition, driven by continued enterprise adoption of the Aqua platform in some of the largest global enterprises, Aqua CSP v3.5 raises the bar in terms of ease of management of complex, multi-application and multi-team enterprise environments by enabling flexible policy scopes and highly granular user role definitions, and adds container encryption for protection of intellectual property. 

Moving to a serverless model allows developers to prioritise simplicity and agility by abstracting infrastructure concerns to provide a straightforward execution environment for applications and microservices. However, serverless architectures also introduce new security risks. Attackers may leverage a weakness or vulnerability in the serverless function code itself or outsourced libraries; or attempt to take advantage of the complexity of cloud infrastructure permissions to reach services or networks that contain sensitive information. Building on Aqua’s experience in securing containers, Aqua CSP v3.5 addresses these serverless threat vectors and minimises their potential impact. 

The new features and capabilities Aqua CSP v3.5 introduces include:

Risk assessment for serverless functions: checks functions for known vulnerabilities, embedded secrets (keys and tokens), and cloud permissions, to ensure that function privileges are secure and minimised. Serverless support is fully integrated with Aqua’s extensive controls for container runtime deployments and is managed via the same console.

Container encryption: Aqua now makes it possible to encrypt the entire contents of a container image, decrypting it with a key when it is instantiated as a container. This feature enables companies with sensitive intellectual property embedded in their container images to protect them against unauthorised use, and prevents unauthorised access to code in case of a registry breach or when code is given under license to partners and customers.

Greater visibility through Workload Explorer: with a tabular and visual view of running workloads on Kubernetes and Docker environments, Workload Explorer provides visibility into large, distributed runtime environments, highlighting vulnerable or risky components (i.e., namespaces, deployments, pods, containers). Operations and security staff can easily filter the data and drill down to view detailed information quickly to ensure compliance.

Contextual runtime policies: based on feedback from some of Aqua’s largest customer implementations, Aqua runtime security policy models now allow the definition of a highly specific scope for each policy, to be applied to an application context. The scope can be defined according to dozens of parameters, including Kubernetes deployment and namespace, image registry prefix, environment variables, and many more. This flexibility allows customers to easily differentiate between multiple applications, for example by applying stricter policy to applications with higher trust requirements, such as mission critical applications, even if they use the same images as other applications.

Fine-grained administrative access control: an enhanced RBAC engine enables fine-grained permissions for DevOps, security and compliance teams on the Aqua platform, enabling true segregation of duties between teams and roles.

Aqua CSP v3.5 will be generally available at the end of November.

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