How to Securely Configure a Linux Host to Run Containers

This guide, as part of the Twistlock Container Security How-To Guides series, describes the concrete steps that you can follow to configure a Linux host to run Docker containers securely.

Key steps highlighted in this guide include:

  • How to start with a minimal installation of the OS and how to selectively add the services needed to run the container applications
  • How to configure the host security settings to harden and protect it from unauthorized access
  • How to configure and install a Docker Engine with sensible default settings to minimize the attack surface
  • How to ensure that the host has the necessary integration with existing enterprise systems like SIEM and enterprise directories
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Charlene O’Hanlon

Charlene O’Hanlon is Chief Operating Officer at Techstrong Group and Editor at Large at Techstrong Media. She is an award-winning journalist serving the technology sector for 20 years as content director, executive editor and managing editor for numerous technology-focused sites including, CRN, The VAR Guy, ACM Queue and Channel Partners. She is also a frequent speaker at industry events and conferences.

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