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Welcome to Starboard

There are lots of security tools in the cloud native world, created by Aqua and by others, for identifying and informing users about security issues in Kubernetes workloads and infrastructure components. However powerful and useful they might be, they tend to sit alongside Kubernetes, with each new product requiring users to learn a separate set of commands and installation steps in order to operate them and find critical security information.

Starboard attempts to integrate heterogeneous security tools by incorporating their outputs into Kubernetes CRDs (Custom Resource Definitions) and from there, making security reports accessible through the Kubernetes API. This way users can find and view the risks that relate to different resources in what we call a Kubernetes-native way.

Starboard provides:

  • Automated vulnerability scanning for Kubernetes workloads.
  • Automated configuration audits for Kubernetes resources with predefined rules or custom Open Policy Agent (OPA) policies.
  • Automated infrastructures scanning and compliance checks with CIS Benchmarks published by the Center for Internet Security (CIS).
  • Automated compliance report - NSA, CISA Kubernetes Hardening Kubernetes Guidance v1.0
  • Penetration test results for a Kubernetes cluster.
  • Custom Resource Definitions and a Go module to work with and integrate a range of security scanners.
  • The Octant Plugin and the Lens Extension that make security reports available through familiar Kubernetes interfaces.
The high-level design diagram of Starboard toolkit.

Starboard can be used:

  • As a Kubernetes operator to automatically update security reports in response to workload and other changes on a Kubernetes cluster - for example, initiating a vulnerability scan when a new Pod is started or running CIS Benchmarks when a new Node is added.
  • As a command, so you can trigger scans and view the risks in a kubectl-compatible way or as part of your CI/CD pipeline.

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