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Upwork Deploys Calico Enterprise to Achieve Zero-Trust Security

August 2023 by Marc Jacob

Tigera announced that Upwork, the world’s work marketplace, has deployed Calico Enterprise. Upwork deployed Calico to achieve and enforce zero-trust security as it migrated to Kubernetes on Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Platform (EKS).

Upwork helps connect companies with top independent talent from around the world. Upwork previously ran its containerized workloads using a traditional architecture, which led to manual updates and inefficiencies.

The company migrated its containers to Kubernetes, hosted on Amazon EKS, to address inefficiencies, security challenges and to support digital transformation efforts. Upwork’s platform team then chose Calico to secure its containerized workloads, ensuring full protection of the platform, services, and application.

"Before Kubernetes and Calico, our legacy system could not enforce zero-trust security," said Angelos Lenis, Sr. Manager, Cloud Platform Engineering, Upwork. "Thanks to Calico, we have a secure EKS cluster with a reduced attack surface."

Upwork deployed Calico security policies to default-deny all workload communications within and outside the Kubernetes cluster. They used the Calico Policy Board to ensure downstream and upstream dependencies of containerized workloads were approved before adding them to production. With Calico Enterprise, Upwork secured its production cluster and created 50+ policies in six months. Now, Upwork is on track to fully migrate to Amazon EKS in one year.

"Robust security measures are the underpinnings of successful Kubernetes cluster deployments like Upwork’s migration to a cloud-native architecture on EKS," said Amit Gupta, Chief Product Officer at Tigera. "We are pleased to equip Upwork with a robust zero-trust container and Kubernetes security solution that helps secure their environment as they grow and scale."

Calico Enterprise extends the declarative nature of Kubernetes to specify security and observability as code and provides observability for troubleshooting across multi-cluster, multi-cloud and hybrid deployments.

"Calico is the most adopted solution globally. We chose Calico because it is the most effective, community active and in-use security solution for containers and Kubernetes," Lenis concluded.

Calico Enterprise is the industry’s only self-managed, active security platform with full-stack observability for containers and Kubernetes.

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