AccuKnox: Zero Trust Cybersecurity in the Cloud-Native Era

Nat Natraj, CEO and Co-Founder

Technology companies find themselves at the beginning of an exciting era of Cloud Native applications. The Cloud Native architectures typified by Micro-Services, Kubernetes and related technologies offer immense latitude, flexibility, agility and cost-savings. This has resulted in widespread adoption in Cloud (Public and Private Cloud), Edge/IoT and 5G. This has allowed companies agility and the ability to deliver solutions at the speed of business. However, if these solutions do not adequately support sound Cybersecurity controls and governance, it can lead to increase in attack surface and exposure to unbounded risks.

Gartner d efines cloud native as:

● Applications architected using loosely coupled microservices, often interacting via application programming interfaces, developed within a DevOps-style continuous integration (CI)/continuous delivery (CD) pipeline supporting frequent updates, using a majority of the code and libraries from openso urce.

● Often built using Linux containers using Kubernetes-based orchestration, supplemented with serverless functions and platform as a service (PaaS) services from the cloud provider, deployed onto programmatic cloud infrastructure, updated more frequently, making the workloads more ephemeral and managed with a bias toward immutability such that few or no changes to production workloads are allowed — all changes in production are driven through the development pipeline

The last few years have pushed the boundaries of technological advancements, the corporate world witnessed an unprecedented surge in cyberattacks, Zero Day attacks, attacks which don’t have a signature, one which the signature-based defense systems had not seen. This spurred the development of innovative security solutions, and in the dynamic landscape, AccuKnox emerged as a comprehensive zero-trust security provider.

“Now the question is not if but when cyberattacks will occur. The concept of zero trust security is paramount to avoid the unforeseen. We operate with the philosophy of deny all, blacklist everything, and whitelist what's legitimate,” says Nat Natraj, CEO and co-founder of AccuKnox.
AccuKnox establishes a multi-layered defense infrastructure strategically designed to prevent any potential intrusion, even in the face of a breach.

In the context of runtime security, it adopts a proactive prevention (in line security) strategy rather than a reactive (post attack mitigation) one. This entails the prevention of attack vectors prior their execution, rather than post-execution, to ensure optimal security posture.

Clients follow a three-step journey towards zero trust security. AccuKnox begins with protecting against known vulnerabilities, achieved through Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) and Kubernetes Security Posture Management (KSPM). The next phase involves countering zero-day attacks with advanced defenses like kernel hardening, application firewalling, and micro-segmentation via the Cloud Workload Protection Platform (CWPP). Last but not least is continuous compliance, one where the system monitors for Anomalies, enforces Drift Detection, etc.

Achieving Zero Trust security is hard, but staying at Zero Trust is even harder. AccuKnox has developed an innovative unsupervised machine learning algorithm in collaboration with the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) to facilitate this. Its strategic partnership with the SRI as an investor and long-term R&D collaborator further enhances its capabilities significantly.
AccuKnox also holds patents covering every aspect of Zero Trust, offering comprehensive discovery, vulnerability prioritization, countermeasures, policy generation, and continuous compliance.

At the forefront of modern and cloud-native Zero Trust Cloud Native Application Protection Platforms (CNAPP), AccuKnox’s reach extends across public clouds like AWS, Azure, GCP, and Oracle, as well as private clouds like OpenShift, VMware, and Tanzu. It provides security solutions for various workloads, from modern ones like Kubernetes to traditional ones like virtual machines and bare metal.

The age old adage in the Security Industry is “you cannot secure what you cannot see”. Therefore, the initial step taken by the experts at their organization is to provide a comprehensive overview of the client's assets, encompassing associated vulnerabilities and corresponding remedies. This service extends across various cloud platforms and asset categories.
With industry-leading technology and a proactive approach, AccuKnox's CNAPP has successfully thwarted advanced attacks, including Log4J, SolarWinds, fileless malware, bitcoin miner, ransomware, demonstrating its effectiveness and reliability.

The concept of Zero Trust Security is paramount to avoid the unforeseen. We operate with the philosophy of deny all, blacklist everything, and whitelist what's legitimate

Interoperability is a core tenet of AccuKnox. It seamlessly integrates with SIEM and SOAR systems and popular ticketing systems like Jira, ServiceNow, Slack, and PagerDuty.

Embracing the principles of open-source collaboration, AccuKnox is a core contributor to KubeArmor, a Kubernetes runtime security platform adopted by Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and the Linux Foundation. It has facilitated over 600,000 downloads and garnered contributions from Fortune 1000 companies and cloud-native unicorns.

Leading cloud security experts (Customer, Partners, Analysts) have expressed accolades in AccuKnox’s CNAPP, validating its comprehensive modern and cloud-native capabilities. It consistently and successfully addresses a wide array of zero trust use cases.

The company offers organizations the best of both worlds: the strength of a robust open-source foundation enhanced by enterprise-grade features, including GitOps integration, SIEM and SOAR integration, automated zero trust policy generation, SAS support, AI/ML-based anomaly detection, and more. The company's forward-looking product roadmap encompasses IoT, Edge, and 5G security, ensuring it remains at the forefront of cybersecurity innovation.

AccuKnox has raised $11M in seed funding from top tier Silicon Valley investors. This coupled with a recent $1.5M prestigious contract from US Department of Defense (DoD)/ NSF (National Science Foundation) along with notable client wins and partnerships poises AccuKnox for a very bright future ahead. For AccuKnox, customer satisfaction is not just a goal; it's a mission and passion. The company eagerly anticipates building strong partnerships and empowering organizations to embrace the future of security with unwavering confidence.