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AccuKnox (vs) Orca Security

Compelling Reasons to Choose AccuKnox over Orca

Unlike Orca, which lacks critical modules like Inline Prevention, AccuKnox offers a comprehensive Cloud Native Application Security Platform (CNAPP), that ensures 100% prevention from advanced "Zero-Day" attacks. Powered by inline runtime security, AccuKnox stops threats before they happen and takes action at cloud speed.


Industry Standard (eBPF) Based Kernel Telemetry

Inline Security (as opposed to post-attack mitigation)

Industry Standard (LSM) Based Security Enforcement

Community Support

KubeArmor: 500,000+ downloads… 50,000+ a month and growing (global leaders consuming and contributing)

Orca Security is a cloud security platform that does not provide any open source projects, but they do use a number of open source components in their product. Such as OpenSCAP, Falco, AnyVision.

Inventory Management

GCP, Azure, AWS

AWS, Azure, GCP, Alibaba Cloud

Baseline for drift detection

Proactive monitoring of grouped assets with alerts

Also monitors for groups of assets that are at risk of misconfiguration or attack


Reduced risk, improved compliance, increased efficiency

Reduced risk, improved compliance, increased efficiency, and the ability to focus security efforts on the most critical areas



CIS Benchmark, NIST 800-53, PCI DSS, HIPAA, GDPR, SOC 2, ISO 27001, AWS Well-Architected Framework, Google Cloud Platform Best Practices, Azure Security Benchmark

Technology Integration

Software : CLOC, Fortify, Suyk, SonarQube, Sonartype, Trivy, Veracode Container : Clair/ECR, Snyk, Trivy. WebApp : Burp, Droopescan, Http Options, Zap.

Risk Management

Segregation of False Positives, least priority, not applicable vulnerabilities from Active ones

Provides risk acceptance customization for enhanced risk-based vulnerability prioritization and false-positive reduction

Risk Assessment

Images Risk Assessment and Prioritization based on Vulnerabilities

Scans images for known vulnerabilities based on specific languages, packages, image layers. Verifies image signatures against preconfigured keys for image attestation and integrity

Repository Scan

Repo Scan - ECR, GCR, Nexus, DockerHub

ECR, Docker Hub, Docker Trusted Registry, GCR, Google Artifact Registry, ICR, JFrog Artifactory, ACR, Red Hat Quay, Red Hat container registries, Sonatype Nexus,


Remediation with auto-ticket creation, bulk-ticketing, comment-analysis on the ticket. Ticketing integration - Jira Cloud/Server, FreshService, ConnectWise

Provides a dashboard highlighting riskiest image vulnerabilities and deployments


Suse, Debian, Ubuntu, Red Hat, Fedora, Rocky Linux, AWS Raspberry Pi; K8s - on-prem (k3s, microk8s, kubeadm), GKE, AKS, OKE, Bottlerocket, IBM, Graviton, Rancher, Openshift, Oracle Ampere; Vm/BareMetal

Amazon Linux 2 CentOS Debian Garden Linux (Debian 11) Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Ubuntu (AWS, Azure, GCP, and GKE specific versions), VM/Baremetal, Managed or Unmanaged Cluster


Leveraging eBPF for Deep Observability

System-level data collection using either (eBPF) or a kernel module

Application Behavior

Model app behavior wrt Process execs, File System accesses, Service binds, Ingress, Egress connections

Captures critical system-level events in each container for incident detection

Network Traffic

Visibility of workloads with granular control at Pod Level via App Behavior

Discovers and displays network traffic in all clusters spanning namespaces, deployments, and pods

Automatic Policies

Auto-Discover of Security Policies contextual to the workloads behavior

The default policies have preconfigured parameters and belong to categories such as: Anomalous Activity, Cryptocurrency Mining, DevOps Best Practices, Kubernetes, Network Tools, Package Management, Privileges, Security Best Practices, System Modification, Vulnerability Management

Drift Detection

Dynamically detect change in app behavior & an option to accept or deny that change

Discovers K8s network flow and creates a baseline and can be used to detect anomalous flows based on that

Runtime Enforcement

Leverage LSMs (AppArmor, SELinux, BPF-LSMs) to do enforcement

Inline Mitigation

In-line remediation for Zero Day Attacks such as LSMs leveraged for blocking process before its execution


Supports Application Hardening, Kernel Hardening for achieving a robust Zero Trust Model

Uses prebuilt policies to harden application via detect crypto mining, privilege escalation, and various exploits. Dont support Kernel Hardening

Policy Lifecycle Management

Policy Version Control & Customization over time and customization


Alerts & Logs based on violation of Policies and unknown/malicious action with K8s and kernel event context

Network Microsegmentation

Microsegmentation control of the workload

File Integrity Monitoring

Support for FIM

Enterprise Grade Features

Multi Tenancy, RBAC, Audit Trail, MFA, Integration with Notification, Ticketing & SIEM tools

Cluster Benchmarking

Cluster Benchmarking : Kube Bench; Node, Service : Kube Hunter, Cluster & Kube Role : Kube-RBAC

Container Security

Container Security: To be able to secure vulnerabilities in the container image or runtime environment

Runtime Security

Runtime Security: To be able to adapt to application behavior changes and recommend least permissive security policy for security


Support for SaaS solution as well as Onprem air-gapped deployment solution Agent - CWPP; Agentless - CSPM

RHACS installs a lightweight version of Scanner on every secured cluster when you install RHACS on the OpenShift.

You cannot secure what you cannot see.

Your most sensitive information is stored on cloud and on premise infrastructure. Protect what is most important from cyber attacks. Real-time autonomous protection for your network's edges.

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Researching about Orca Security alternatives?

Evaluate how AccuKnox stands apart from Orca security based on key features, pros and cons. We have compiled a list of solutions that leading organizations compare while considering AccuKnox as a potential Orca Security alternative. While analyzing AccuKnox and Orca Security side by side you can differentiate competencies, integration, deployment, service, support, and specific product capabilities that will influence your purchasing decision.