The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) early this month in Seattle hosted the first standalone CloudNativeSecurityCon (CNSCon) North America 2023. The event drew more than 800 attendees and offered 70 sessions. In her keynote, CNCF Executive Director Priyanka Sharma described it as the first open source, vendor-neutral, practitioner-driven conference for security.

"Security within the cloud-native ecosystem is deeply complex," Sharma said. "All of us focus on rapid development and deployment, and that is why cloud-native is fast becoming ubiquitous. We're essential to organizations and businesses everywhere, but there are more exposed edges and nodes, greater attack surfaces and ultimately loss of control."

This conference is important for security teams and developers to help organizations effectively manage their security posture as they digitally transform for better business results, Sharma said.

Check out the keynotes and sessions from the conference available on demand. Below are my highlights and key takeaways from the show.