Open-source software is the driving force behind digital innovation. It can be argued that the cloud would not be a reality without OSS (open-source software), which has now proliferated into the deepest reaches of cloud-native architecture.

Open-source projects enabling the cloud-native shift (Kubernetes and Linkered) have transitioned us to an era with more standardization, interoperability, and accessibility. OSS is now being used for container runtimes, container orchestration, observability tools, service mesh, and more. How about security? Should security form its basis on open-source software too?

What do the people want?

In a recent survey by the CNCF to see how organizations are managing cloud-native security, 82% of the respondents said that it is important for security systems to be built using open-source software.

The willingness to adopt OSS for security means that the cloud-native space and its core projects have come of age. Whoever had any qualms or distrust about using open source for mission-critical operations can now rest easy knowing that the market has made up its mind.

There are challenges regarding how to secure cloud-native infrastructure to deal with as adoption continues.

A need to modernize

85% of the respondents in the study believe in modernizing security to be at the forefront of their cloud-native deployments. A cloud-native security posture needs an organization to be more granular, dynamic, and have nuanced control rather than rely on legacy checklists, according to the report.

Policy-as-a-code is one of the examples of a modern security habit that goes hand in hand with current DevOps pipelines.

Open source is crucial in modernizing legacy infrastructure. Security must modernize and embrace the new standards and automation implementations that cut down on manual and repeated tasks.