October 23, 2023

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2023 Q&A: SentinelOne Will Showcase Its Real-Time CWPP for Kubernetes

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Ready for KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2023?  Attending the show?  Make sure to visit with SentinelOne.

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon takes place November 6 - 9, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois.

Read this exclusive interview between VMblog and Rick Bosworth, Director of Product Marketing, SentinelOne, a global leader in autonomous cybersecurity.


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VMblog:  If you were giving a KubeCon attendee a quick overview of the company, what would you say?  How would you describe the company?

Rick Bosworth:  SentinelOne is at the cutting edge of the cybersecurity sector, leading the way in autonomous security. Our mission is to empower companies with the ability to rapidly detect and swiftly respond to any cyber threat, every second of every day, fortifying their defenses today and future-proofing them for tomorrow.

Securing cloud workloads is one of our core competencies. We harness the power of AI to achieve real-time cloud workload protection against runtime threats like ransomware, zero-days, fileless attacks, and more. Many of the world's largest enterprises trust SentinelOne to secure their cloud workloads, wherever they run - private or public cloud, on VMs, containers, or Kubernetes clusters. 

VMblog:  How can attendees of the event find you?  What do you have planned at your booth this year?  What type of things will attendees be able to do at your booth?  

Bosworth:  Our technical experts will be on hand to show our real-time CWPP for Kubernetes in action. As attendees will see, our agent not only detects threats in real time, but records all workload telemetry to our petabyte-scale data lake so that when or if there is a security incident, there is a data record for cloud security practitioners to examine and gain the deep understanding they drive faster, better decisions and outcomes. 

VMblog:  Have you sponsored KubeCon + CloudNativeCon in the past?  If so, what is it about this show that keeps you coming back as a sponsor?

Bosworth:  We have sponsored KubeCon before, and are excited to be there again. We keep coming back because of the quality and depth of engagement with our target audience. Our message of efficiency, scalability, and stability has struck a chord with the cloud security community.

VMblog:  What do you attribute to the success and growth of this industry?

Bosworth:  The cloud is the hotbed of innovation. And Kubernetes, especially managed Kubernetes services, simplifies cloud operations so that innovators can focus on extending competitive advantage.

VMblog:  What kind of message will an attendee hear from you this year?  What will they take back to help sell their management team and decision makers?

Bosworth:  If you value real-time threat detection and response at runtime, you simply must have a CWPP agent, and SentinelOne has one of the most powerful solutions available on the market. It's scalable, stable, efficient, and many of the world's biggest enterprises rely on it to keep their cloud workloads running smoothly and securely.

VMblog:  Can you double click on your company's technologies?  And talk about the types of problems you solve for a KubeCon + CloudNativeCon attendee.

Bosworth:  Malware attacks are becoming more sophisticated, and as business increasingly moves to the cloud, companies need to up their defenses to protect against them. In July, we launched our Cloud Data Security product line with two key products: Threat Detection for Amazon S3 and Threat Detection for NetApp. These products are designed to help organizations using Amazon S3 object storage and NetApp file storage to detect and prevent the spread of malware across their cloud environments and enterprise networks. Part of our SingularityTM Cloud product family, the offerings complement SentinelOne's existing Cloud Workload Security product line, which includes Singularity Cloud Workload Security, a real-time CWPP solution that simplifies runtime detection and response of cloud VMs, containers, and Kubernetes clusters for maximum visibility, security, and agility and Singularity Cloud Data Security, an AI-powered malware detection offering focused on cloud object storage. 

VMblog:  While thinking about your company's solutions, can you give readers a few examples of how your offerings are unique?  What are your differentiators?  What sets you apart from the competition?

Bosworth:  We support 14 Linux distributions, 3 container runtimes, and Kubernetes, whether self-managed or managed K8s service from AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud. Our agent is architected on the eBPF Framework and provides kernel visibility without the potentially destabilizing effects of kernel modules. And, because our agent operates in user space, there are no kernel dependency hassles, so development teams can focus on innovation, instead of juggling versions of agents and Linux distros.

VMblog:  Where does your company fit within the container, cloud, Kubernetes ecosystem?

Bosworth:  We secure workloads wherever they operate - in the data center, private cloud, or public cloud; on servers, VMs, containers, or Kubernetes clusters, both self-managed and managed K8s services like EKS, AKS, and GKE.

VMblog:  With regard to containers and Kubernetes, is there anything holding it back from a wider distribution?  If so, what is it?  And how do we overcome it?   

Bosworth:  We see very wide adoption of containerized microservices. Kubernetes is clearly the de facto standard for container orchestration, and the fundamentals, including cloud security, are in place for this to accelerate.

VMblog:  Are companies going all in for the cloud?  Or do you see a return back to on-premises?  Are there roadblocks in place keeping companies from going all cloud?  

Bosworth:  Every organization is unique. Many are shifting to public clouds because of the scalability and flexibility they provide. Others are adopting hybrid cloud models to maximize their investments in on-prem data center infrastructure.

VMblog:  The keynote stage will be covering a number of big topics, but what big changes or trends does your company see taking shape as we head into 2024?

Bosworth:  There is a massive opportunity presented by the explosive growth in data, the ubiquity of cloud computing, and emergence of AI. Data is the new oil, and with AI, companies can refine it at scale and speed to reveal insights buried within it and seize this opportunity.

VMblog:  Do you have any advice for attendees of the show?

Bosworth:  Keep an open mind. Stay curious. Ask questions.

Last modified on October 23, 2023
David Marshall

David Marshall has been involved in the technology industry for over 19 years, and he's been working with virtualization software since 1999. He was able to become an industry expert in virtualization by becoming a pioneer in that field - one of the few people in the industry allowed to work with Alpha stage server virtualization software from industry leaders: VMware (ESX Server), Connectix and Microsoft (Virtual Server).

Through the years, he has invented, marketed and helped launch a number of successful virtualization software companies and products. David holds a BS degree in Finance, an Information Technology Certification, and a number of vendor certifications from Microsoft, CompTia and others. He's also co-authored two published books: "VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center" and "Advanced Server Virtualization: VMware and Microsoft Platforms in the Virtual Data Center" and acted as technical editor for two popular Virtualization "For Dummies" books. With his remaining spare time, David founded and operates one of the oldest independent virtualization news blogs, VMblog.com. And co-founded CloudCow.com, a publication dedicated to Cloud Computing. Starting in 2009 and continuing all the way to 2016, David has been honored with the vExpert distinction by VMware for his virtualization evangelism.

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