KubeHawk: Kubernetes Security Monitor

Pj Bannon
2 min readApr 19, 2023

Co-authored by Spencer White, Kyle Brandt, and Steven Wu

In recent years, Kubernetes has become the go-to platform for container orchestration, and with good reason. Kubernetes efficiency and scalability is unmatched by its competitors. It has revolutionized the way modern applications are developed and deployed. However, with the increasing complexity of Kubernetes clusters comes the challenge of monitoring and securing them.

This is where KubeHawk comes in — an open-source Kubernetes security monitoring tool that provides role-based access control (RBAC) visualization and cluster health metrics.

One of the standout features of KubeHawk is its intuitive visualization of RBAC in your Kubernetes cluster. With KubeHawk, you can easily see who has access to what resources in your cluster, making it easier to identify potential security vulnerabilities. RBAC is a critical aspect of Kubernetes security, and the ability to visualize it in a clear and concise manner can help you better understand and manage your cluster’s security posture.

Another key feature of KubeHawk is its real-time cluster health metrics monitoring. KubeHawk provides real-time insights into pod status, resource utilization, and network traffic, helping you quickly identify and troubleshoot issues before they become critical. With KubeHawk’s lightweight and highly efficient design, you can monitor your cluster’s health without having to worry about impacting performance.

What’s more, KubeHawk keeps your data on your local machine for maximum security. Unlike other monitoring tools that rely on online databases, KubeHawk’s data stays within your control, ensuring the safety and integrity of your valuable data and applications.

KubeHawk is also designed to be cross-platform, allowing you to manage your clusters whether they are local, on Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), or Amazon Web Services (AWS). This makes it an ideal choice for teams looking to integrate security monitoring into their existing infrastructure.

In addition to its out-of-the-box features, KubeHawk is easily extensible for future improvements. With KubeHawk’s architecture, teams can customize and enhance their security monitoring capabilities to meet their unique needs.