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How to Design a Secure Serverless Architecture
How to Design a Secure Serverless Architecture
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How to Design a Secure Serverless Architecture

Release Date: 09/14/2021

Working Group: Serverless

Like any solution, serverless computing brings with it a variety of cyber risks. This paper provides best practices and recommendations for securing serverless applications. It offers an extensive overview of the different threats, focusing on the application owner risks that serverless platforms are exposed to and suggesting the appropriate security controls.

The document assumes that the readers have some knowledge of coding practices, security and networking expertise, and application containers, microservices, functions, and agile application development.

Key Takeaways: 

  1. What is Serverless
  2. Advantages and benefits of serverless architecture
  3. Shared responsibility model for serverless
  4. Security design, controls and best practices
  5. Kubernetes security best practices 
  6. CI-CD pipelines, Function Code, Code scans and policy enforcement for Functions and Containers    
  7. Compliance and governance for serverless

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Acknowledgements

Aradhna Chetal
Aradhna Chetal
Senior Director Executive- Cloud Security

Aradhna Chetal

Senior Director Executive- Cloud Security

Aradhna serves as a Senior Director Executive- Cloud Security at TIAA, a financial services company. She is responsible for the cloud security vision, strategy, standards, security patterns for a multi-cloud hybrid enterprise and engineer security solutions, to support the vision. Aradhna has worked in various Cybersecurity leadership roles at JP Morgan Chase, Boeing Company, Microsoft & T-Mobile.

Aradhna is an active member in the cy...

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Vishwas Manral
Vishwas Manral
Chief Technologist at McAfee Enterprise, Head of Cloud Native Security

Vishwas Manral

Chief Technologist at McAfee Enterprise, Head of Cloud Native Security

Vishwas is the co-chair of CSA’s Serverless working group and a contributor to theApplication Containers and Microservices working group. He has served as a presenter at the CSA Virtual EU Summit 2020, and as chair of the Silicon Valley chapter. He is the head of Cl...

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Peter Campbell
Peter Campbell
Senior Director Cloud Strategy and Engineering

Peter Campbell

Senior Director Cloud Strategy and Engineering

Cloud Security Engineering leader responsible for security engineering and security innovation. Enables new and untried technologies, runs proof of concepts, designs and engineers security configurations and enables the business to leverage new technology safely. Led the creation of Cigna’s security assurance framework which ensures that the security vision is consistently executed. Current research focuses on the domains of sec...

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Vani Murthy
Vani Murthy
Senior advisor Security & Compliance at Akamai Technologies

Vani Murthy

Senior advisor Security & Compliance at Akamai Technologies

Vani has 20+ years of IT experience in the areas such as Security, Risk, Compliance, Cloud services (IaaS/PaaS/SaaS) architecture

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Ricardo Ferreira
EMEA CISO

Ricardo Ferreira

EMEA CISO

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Anil Karmel
Co-founder and CEO, RegScale

Anil Karmel

Co-founder and CEO, RegScale

Anil Karmel is the Co-Founder and CEO of RegScale, which helps organizations start and stay compliant via the world's first real-time GRC platform. Formerly, Anil served as the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Deputy Chief Technology Officer. Karmel began his government career as a Technical Staff Member of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and was responsible for inventing their cloud and collaboration technologies Kar...

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Dr. Vrettos Moulos

Dr. Vrettos Moulos is a senior research software engineer in Institute of Communication and Computer Systems in Greece. He holds a PhD in secure microservice architecture patterns from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).

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Abhishek Vyas
Abhishek Vyas
Head of Security Consultancy and Architecture

Abhishek Vyas

Head of Security Consultancy and Architecture

I have been working in Cybersecurity for over 10 years, and have been working on large scale multi-cloud programs in the Software and Finance industries over that period. I deliver business value through robust, scalable, fit for business cybersecurity, by establishing new ways of working to help the business to innovate. Challenging the status quo to help remove inertia, and ensuring that cybersecurity remains relevant and mea...

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