SUSE Rancher and CrowdStrike


SUSE One Partner, Crowdstrike, has an offering live in the SUSE Rancher Apps and Marketplace and we’ve invited Crowdstrike to author a guest blog so you can learn more about their breach prevention solution.  ~Bret

Stop Breaches and Secure Your Applications in the Cloud

Guest Blog Author: Gabriel Alford, Senior Solution Architect, Crowdstrike

How do you ensure your containers and microservices remain secure and compliant? Containers managed by multiple Kubernetes clusters can cause your DevOps and security teams to get overwhelmed with operational and security challenges given the lack of visibility and increased complexity. Poor visibility, fragmented and complex tools, misconfigurations for cloud workloads, and the inability to maintain compliance can easily elevate your risk of a breach. DevOps and security teams need tools that address the operational and security challenges of managing multiple Kubernetes clusters across any infrastructure and provide integrated tools for running containerized workloads seamlessly.

Gain layered security for your Kubernetes clusters to ensure confidence when building and running applications in the cloud with SUSE Rancher and CrowdStrike. SUSE Rancher not only deploys production-grade Kubernetes clusters from datacenter to cloud to the edge, it also unites them with centralized authentication, access control and observability. To ensure you are completely secure, CrowdStrike Falcon® Cloud Workload Protection (CWP) provides comprehensive breach protection for workloads and containers by staying ahead of adversaries, reducing the attack surface and obtaining total real-time visibility of events taking place in your environment. 

CrowdStrike and the Rancher Apps and Marketplace

CrowdStrike Falcon CWP works with SUSE Rancher to automatically protect your Kubernetes Control Plane and Worker nodes, allowing your DevSecOps team to securely build applications in the cloud with confidence. The CrowdStrike Helm Chart, offered in the Rancher Apps and Marketplace, allows you to deploy and manage applications across cloud environments, ensuring multi-cluster consistency with a single deployment. By layering SUSE Rancher and CrowdStrike together, you can save time and effort with in-depth defense against data breaches, optimized for cloud deployments.

So, why use the Falcon Sensor with SUSE Rancher?

  • Unified multi-cluster management: SUSE Rancher unites Kubernetes clusters with centralized authentication and access control, provisioning, version management, visibility and diagnostics, monitoring, alerting and centralized audit.
  • Hybrid and multi-cloud support: Manage on-premises clusters and those hosted on cloud services like AKS, EKS and GKE from a unified view, without impacting performance. 
  • Broad support for container runtime security: Secure applications with the new CrowdStrike Falcon Container sensor that is uniquely designed to run as an unprivileged container in a pod.

Breach Prevention for Cloud Workloads and Containers

CrowdStrike Falcon CWP provides comprehensive breach protection for workloads and containers, enabling you to build, run and secure applications with speed and confidence. CrowdStrike’s experience in operating one of the largest security clouds in the world provides unique insights into adversaries, enabling the delivery of purpose-built CrowdStrike solutions that create less work for DevSecOps teams, so you can defend against data breaches and optimize cloud deployments.

CrowStrike Falcon CWP helps you:

  • Gain complete visibility across your entire cloud estate in a single platform
  • Prevent attacks and avoid business disruption
  • Eliminate friction and stay secure while building in the cloud
  • Achieve protection for the Kubernetes Control Plane and Worker nodes

Get Started and Secure Your Applications in the Cloud

With SUSE Rancher and CrowdStrike, you can feel confident that your containers and microservices remain secure and compliant with cloud-native and comprehensive breach protection. By layering security for your Kubernetes clusters, building and running applications in the cloud is made simple and secure, without any additional operational friction. Get started with CrowdStrike and SUSE Rancher by discovering the CrowdStrike Helm Chart in the Rancher Apps and Marketplace

Want to learn more about how CrowdStrike and SUSE can help you solve critical security challenges? Visit our website for more information or get in touch with the CrowdStrike team. Otherwise, contact your SUSE Rancher sales representative – we look forward to talking to you!

Gabriel Alford is a Senior Solution Architect in CrowdStrike’s Partner & Alliances organization where he collaborates with Cloud Service Providers and Cloud ISVs on integrating and certifying CrowdStrike products on partner platforms as well as creating joint partner technical solutions. He has over 10 years experience in security and compliance, and his most recent projects include building CrowdStrike’s Kubernetes Operator, Helm Charts, and GitHub Actions integration.

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Bret Dayley Bret has spent 30+ years in high tech roles with various software companies. A fan of open source and all things good, Bret enjoys making things happen and having a good time while doing it. While fascinated with technology, on the weekends you're likely to find Bret enjoying the great outdoors on a dual sport moto... with some gadgets along for the ride.