eBPF Offers a New Way to Secure Cloud Native Systems
Security providers are using eBPF for observability to prevent attacks, detect and remediate high-priority vulnerabilities (and to distinguish between severe and less severe vulnerabilities), to detect suspicious activity and other uses.
The eBPF (extended Berkeley packet filter) is being used to solve several security issues in cloud native environments, beyond its initial use of network monitoring.
Its penetration, extending from within the Linux kernel (and on Windows to a lesser extent), across runtimes in a network or environment, makes it an “enhancement” to the Linux operating system, according to Gartner analyst Simon Richard in Gartner’s “Hype Cycle for Compute 2023.”
While running specific instruction sets from within the kernel, eBPF allows organizations to add features to Linux without changing kernel source code or requiring kernel modules, Richard writes.
Specific to security, eBPF offers a very detailed way of monitoring and provides traces for monitoring different potentially suspicious system activities and codes. This all lends itself to the speed of processing or just-in-time processing within its tunnel.
A key aspect is that security providers are using eBPF for observability to prevent attacks, detect and remediate high-priority vulnerabilities (and to distinguish between severe and less severe vulnerabilities), to detect suspicious activity and other uses. This extension, of course, includes analyzing incidents and giving and receiving alerts for vulnerabilities and incidents. , and analyzing or finding potentially risky vulnerabilities and attack vectors. It is the observability aspect that leverages eBPF in order to monitor and detect suspicious activity and to help determine which vulnerabilities have the potential to be exploited.