Appliance-free Security for Microservices: Banyan unveils its application-layer runtime security solution designed for containers and orchestration platforms

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Former VMware and HP Labs engineers introduce a new approach to securing microservices using security virtualization technology at DockerCon Austin 2017

Banyan today announced the beta launch of the Banyan Security Platform, an application-layer runtime security solution designed for containers and orchestration platforms. Banyan will showcase its product at DockerCon Austin on April 17-20 at Booth #E9.

While microservices and containers have given developers powerful new tools for building distributed applications that are flexible and fast to deploy, they also create a dramatically larger, highly dynamic attack surface that traditional security tools can’t address. Banyan’s patent-pending security virtualization technology bridges that gap, enabling Security and DevOps teams to easily configure application-layer security for container and microservices-based environments, with zero changes to code or infrastructure.

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Banyan bridges the gap between Security and DevOps for enterprises adopting containers, microservices and hybrid clouds.

“Enterprises are rapidly adopting Docker, Kubernetes, and Mesos and migrating to multi-cloud infrastructures but traditional perimeter and network security tools just do not provide adequate security coverage in these dynamic environments,” said Tarun Desikan, CEO and co-founder of Banyan. “It then falls to the DevOps teams to orchestrate a variety of technologies to implement application-layer security features such as TLS encryption and access controls. These are often complicated systems, involving complex custom coding and dedicated appliances, and they pose serious operational and scalability challenges.”

For the first time, Banyan merges application and infrastructure security into a single platform that provides policy-driven controls and instant network visibility at the microservices layer. Banyan’s cryptography-based solution delivers real-time network visibility and easy-to-configure security controls such as: transparent TLS encryption, application-level authorization, and identity-based segmentation. Banyan works across traditional and modern environments, independent of application and infrastructure, to deliver comprehensive runtime security.

The Banyan team - with over two decades of experience building enterprise-class virtualization and security platforms at companies such as VMware, HP Labs and Blue Coat - has developed an innovative security virtualization technology to seamlessly provide security and identity in highly networked, heterogeneous environments.

“We realized that securing microservice applications using network rules, application code, and appliances is too cumbersome and hard to verify correctness," said Yoshio Turner, Chief Architect and co-founder of Banyan, and former Principal Research Scientist at HP Labs, “It’s getting worse as systems become more dynamic. So we created the Banyan security virtualization technology, which weaves in modern cryptography to provide powerful security features right at the microservices layer.”


Key features of the Banyan product include:

  • Microservices security dashboard - single pane of glass to manage application-layer security for all your microservices
  • Transparent security layer - independent of application and network layers, works across new and traditional environments
  • Application-layer authorization - access control policies at the request & resource level for Layer-7 protocols (e.g, HTTP, MySQL, Kafka)
  • Transparent TLS encryption - end-to-end mutually-authenticated TLS encryption between microservices wherever needed, without any changes to code
  • Identity-based segmentation - isolate workloads independent of the underlying network
  • Real-time security events - microservice-level insights and audit trails
  • Network flow visibility - refined to application resource and process level

Early adopters of the Banyan Security Platform have seen immediate value from its powerful security features.

“Banyan does all the heavy lifting to secure my Docker containers and Kubernetes services. It is going to be invaluable in helping my teams roll out encryption everywhere and achieve regulatory compliance.” - Chris Mague, Principal, Shokunin Consulting

“With an awesome network map and sophisticated authorization capabilities, I’d highly recommend Banyan to customers looking to secure their applications on our Container Service” - Security Architect, Major Cloud Provider

Banyan will be exhibiting at DockerCon Austin 2017, an industry conference held by Docker for makers and operators of next generation distributed applications built with containers. To register for the Banyan beta program, please sign up at


Banyan was founded in 2015 by industry veterans from VMware, HP Labs, and Moovweb with expertise in virtualization, networking, security, and PAAS technologies. Inspired by the adoption of containers, microservices, and multi-cloud infrastructures, the Banyan team has created a unique solution to seamlessly provide security and identity in highly networked, heterogeneous environments. Incubated at Stanford University’s StartX accelerator, Banyan is backed by leading Silicon Valley investors and advisors. For more information, visit or follow on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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