Google Outlines Steps It Is Taking to Secure Kubernetes

Today’s topics include Google improving Kubernetes container security, and AT&T, Verizon and Samsung announcing 5G smartphone plans for 2019.

In a call with press ahead of the KubeCon conference this week in Seattle, Google Security & Privacy Product Manager Maya Kaczorowski outlined the steps Google is taking to help secure open-source container orchestration project Kubernetes now and into the future.

She said “customers are asking mostly questions around configuration and setting up Kubernetes securely.”

Among those questions that customers ask Google about its managed Kubernetes service, Google Kubernetes Engine, are ones about infrastructure security, with organizations curious about how Kubernetes security features can be used to protect user identities, Kaczorowski said. Organizations are also curious about the software supply chain and whether or not a given container application image is safe to deploy.

Kaczorowski said she is hopeful that the core open-source Kubernetes community moves toward simplifying Kubernetes and providing better defaults. 

With faster 5G networks getting ready to go into operation in 2019, AT&T and Verizon are preparing for an expected groundswell of customers looking to upgrade their smartphones. With that in mind, both companies recently announced they will have new Samsung 5G phones ready for sale when their networks go into operation.

AT&T will offer two Samsung phones to business customers and consumers, with one in the spring of 2019 and the other available in the second half of the year. AT&T will have one 5G device ready for sale this year—a 5G mobile hotspot called the Netgear Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot. AT&T said it plans to reach at least 12 cities in 2018 with 5G equipment, and another 19 cities in early 2019.

Verizon is also planning to release its own 5G handsets from Samsung in early 2019, according to Reuters.