NCCoE Seeks Comments for NIST Report on Safeguarding Containers in Multi-Tenant Cloud Environments

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) announces the publication of draft NIST Internal Report (IR) 8320A, Hardware-Enabled Security: Container Platform Security Prototype. The public comment period is open now through January 29, 2021 please submit your comments online or via email to hwsec@nist.gov. We welcome your comments and feedback.

In today’s cloud data centers and edge computing, attack surfaces have significantly increased, hacking has become industrialized, and most security control implementations are not coherent or consistent. The foundation of any data center or edge computing security strategy should be securing the platform on which data and workloads will be executed and accessed. The physical platform represents the first layer for any layered security approach and provides the initial protections to help ensure that higher-layer security controls can be trusted.

This report explains an approach based on hardware-enabled security techniques and technologies for safeguarding container deployments in multi-tenant cloud environments. It also describes a proof-of-concept implementation of the approach—a prototype—that is intended to be a blueprint or template for the general security community.