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Your microservices mesh — or service mesh for short — helps you control applications. But all too often, the microservices mesh can be vulnerable to security risks. Especially if you're using a microservices mesh like Istio.
In this blog, we share why securing the microservices mesh is important and how to do it.
A microservices mesh is an infrastructure layer that handles communication in microservices architecture. Using a microservices mesh makes it easy to control how applications share information with one another.
Securing the microservices mesh is important to protect your data. And the best way to secure the microservices mesh is to use an API gateway. This ensures you can prevent unauthorized data access, loss of data integrity, or degradation of the quality of service.
Security is an essential element of any organization’s API strategy. API security does share a lot of aspects that are common to both website security and network security.
But it's also fundamentally different in terms of:
For instance, APIs move the boundary of interaction from the web tier to the backend applications, microservices, and data sources directly.
Emerging microservices architectural concepts create new security challenges for DevOps teams. This includes concepts such as sidecars and platforms to inject sidecars into container pods. That's because new layers of abstraction are introduced into an already complex system of components and protocols. This is especially critical for emerging technologies like Kubernetes.
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Using an API gateway is the best way to secure the microservices mesh. And the best API gateway to do it? That's the Akana API gateway.
In the table below, we show how the Akana API platform can be used to secure the microservices mesh of Istio sidecars.
v8.4 Mature Resilience features with many QoS policy templates and integrated health status monitoring of a container’s outgoing HTTP connection pool statistics, incoming HTTP thread pools, database connection pools, container memory usage, usage monitoring queues, JMS connections, container configuration state, and container lifecycle.
*This table uses open source servicemesh 1.0.1, beta and alpha features compared to version 8.4 of the Akana API Platform. This clearly illustrates why it is imperative to leverage the features of a mature API gateway architecture on the edge of the cloud and in the core of the service mesh for proper authentication, authorization, mediation, and resiliency.
The Akana API gateway makes it easy to secure the microservices mesh.
With the Akana API gateway, you gain:
You can deploy the Akana API gateway across multiple clouds, and you can use it alongside technologies like Istio and Kubernetes.
Plus, Akana comes with built-in security policies that you can apply fast. This includes OAuth and JWT.
In fact, the strength of the Akana API gateway is why a Fortune 500 company chose Akana. Read the case study >>
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Ryan Bagnulo has implemented API integration and security and privacy solutions for hundreds of global transactional systems over the past 2 decades, with deep technical experience in investment banking high performance grid computing as well as connected electronic medical devices and international regulatory compliance. Ryan was the first chief security officer and the head of Solution Architecture for Joyent, a container focused cloud IaaS startup in 2010, and has worked with a number of Silicon Valley startups on cloud API IoT and Microservices innovations.