Tigera Introduces Calico Security Policy Recommender Improvements and FIPS Compliance to Help Reduce Application Attack Surface

Platform updates significantly improve security and compliance accessibility and enhance platform usability

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 14, 2022 — Tigera, provider of the industry’s only active Cloud-Native Application Protection Platform (CNAPP) with full-stack observability for containers and Kubernetes, today announced several new capabilities that help reduce an application’s attack surface. These capabilities include security policy recommendations for namespaces, FIPS compliance for use by federal agencies, and new and improved dashboards for faster troubleshooting.

The Security Policy Recommender has long been a useful tool for security-focused Calico users to identify and deploy granular network security policies for improved security at the pod level. Policy development requires an advanced understanding of microservices that are interacting with and depending on each other, microservices with vulnerabilities, those that need to communicate outside the cluster, and those that are accessing sensitive data. The Security Policy Recommender empowers organizations that lack the expertise to build granular policies by accounting for this information to help users avoid outages and increased vulnerabilities during policy development.

The latest iteration of the Security Policy Recommender recommends policies at the namespace level in addition to policies at the pod level. This benefits users interested in multi-tenant architectures and workload isolation by enabling them to implement microsegmentation without any detailed knowledge of application-level changes. Overall, this update increases team productivity by enabling users – no matter their expertise – to take advantage of automated policies to improve the security posture of their Kubernetes clusters.

The latest Calico update also enables users to become FIPS compliant, a standard that is required of customers that serve federal agencies. To satisfy compliance requirements and make the platform accessible to more users, Calico now offers a FIPS-compliant installation/deployment mode so that customers can meet FedRAMP requirements when using EKS or similar platforms for managed Kubernetes services.

“These platform updates demonstrate Tigera’s commitment to serving customers of all sizes and needs,” said Amit Gupta, Chief Product Officer, Tigera. “Instead of building a tool for the largest share of the market, our team is constantly iterating to ensure the platform is accessible, useful, and responsive to everyone from small teams to large enterprises. Security and compliance are critical considerations for organizations, and we look forward to seeing our customers put these new capabilities to use in pursuit of more resilient and compliant architectures.”

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About Tigera
Tigera provides the industry’s only active Cloud-Native Application Protection Platform (CNAPP) with full-stack observability for containers, Kubernetes, and cloud. The company’s platform prevents, detects, troubleshoots, and automatically mitigates exposure risks of security issues in build, deploy, and runtime stages. Tigera delivers its platform as a fully managed SaaS (Calico Cloud) or a self-managed service (Calico Enterprise). Its open-source offering, Calico Open Source, is the most widely adopted container networking and security solution. Tigera’s platform specifies security and observability as code to ensure consistent enforcement of security policies, which enables DevOps, platform, and security teams to protect workloads, detect threats, achieve continuous compliance, and troubleshoot service issues in real time. Powering more than 100M containers across 2M+ nodes in 166 countries, Calico software is supported across all major cloud providers and Kubernetes distributions, and is used by leading companies including AT&T, Discover, Merck, NBCUniversal, HanseMerkur, Allstate, L3Harris, Siemens Healthineers, and Bell Canada.

Katherine Benfield for Tigera
Lumina Communications

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