Kubernetes has made it easier to manage containerized microservices at scale. However, you get a limited set of security features with Kubernetes. A key component of application security is the prevention of unauthorized access. Standards-based identity and access management (IAM) for user authentication, such as SAML, WS-Fed, or the OpenID Connect/OAuth2 standards, have to be used to ensure secure access to the application. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) can also be implemented as an additional security measure.

Yet there is no native way to implement these security features in Kubernetes. Even crucial security aspects like request-level authentication and authorization are not supported out of the box.

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