Ensure GKE Cluster HTTP load balancing is enabled

Checks for GCP Kubernetes Engine Clusters that have HTTP load balancing disabled. When this is enabled, the Kubernetes Engine can terminate unauthorized HTTP/HTTPS requests and make better context-aware load balancing decisions.

Risk Level: Medium
Cloud Entity: Kubernetes Cluster
CloudGuard Rule ID: D9.GCP.NET.15
Covered by Spectral: Yes
Category: Compute


GkeCluster should have addonsConfig.httpLoadBalancing.disabled=false


From Portal

  1. Navigate to the 'Kubernetes Engine' Clusters
  2. Select the clusters to be modified
  3. Click Edit
  4. In the 'Networking' section set 'HTTP load balancing' to Enabled

From TF
Set the http_load_balancing argument to 'true':

module "gke" {
	http_load_balancing = true

From Command Line

gcloud container clusters update CLUSTER_NAME --update-addons=[HttpLoadBalancing=ENABLED]


  1. https://registry.terraform.io/modules/terraform-google-modules/kubernetes-engine/google/latest
  2. https://cloud.google.com/sdk/gcloud/reference/container/clusters/update#--enable-network-policy
  3. https://cloud.google.com/kubernetes-engine/docs/concepts/ingress

Kubernetes Cluster

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Compliance Frameworks

  • CloudGuard GCP All Rules Ruleset
  • GCP CloudGuard Best Practices
  • GCP CloudGuard CheckUp
  • GCP MITRE ATT&CK Framework v12.1
  • GCP NIST 800-53 Rev 5