Cisco acquires PortShift to raise its game in DevOps and Kubernetes security

Cisco acquires PortShift to raise its game in DevOps and Kubernetes security

Cisco is making one other acquisition to broaden its attain in safety options, this time particularly concentrating on DevOps and the world of container administration. It is buying PortShift, an Israeli startup that has constructed a Kubernetes-native safety platform.

Terms of the deal are usually not being disclosed. PortShift had raised about $5.three million from Team8, an incubator and backer of safety startups in Israel based by a bunch of cybersecurity vets. Cisco, together with Microsoft and Walmart, are among the many massive corporates that again Team8. (Indeed, their participation is partly a means of getting an early look and inside scoop on a number of the extra leading edge applied sciences being constructed, and partly a means to assist founders perceive what corporates’ safety wants are today.)

The deal underscores not simply how containerization, and particularly Kubernetes, has taken maintain of the enterprise world, but additionally how these working on this space, and constructing companies round containerization and Kubernetes, are paying growing consideration to safety round them.

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Others are additionally sharpening their deal with containers and the way they’re secured. Earlier this yr, Venafi acquired Jetstack, which runs a certificates controller for Kubernetes; and final month StackRox raised funding for its personal method to Kubernetes safety.

Cisco has been a longtime companion of Google’s round cloud providers, and it has made a lot of acquisitions within the space of cybersecurity lately. They have included Duo for $2.35 billion, OpenDNS for $635 million, and most lately Babble Labs (which helps cut back background noise in video calls, one thing that each improves high quality but additionally helps customers guarantee undesirable or personal chatter doesn’t inadvertently get heard by unintended listeners).

But as Liz Centoni, the SVP of the Emerging Technologies and Incubation (ET&I) Group, notes in a weblog submit, Cisco is now turning its consideration additionally to the way it will help prospects higher safe purposes and workloads, alongside the investments that it has made to assist safe folks.

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In the world of containers, safety points can come up round container structure in a lot of methods: it may be as a result of misconfiguration; or due to how purposes are monitored; or how builders use open-source libraries; and the way firms implement regulatory compliance. Other safety vulnerabilities embrace using insecure container pictures; issues with how containers work together with one another; using containers which have been contaminated with rogue processes; and having containers not remoted correctly from their hosts.

Centoni notes that PortShift them as a result of it offers an all-in-one platform overlaying the various features of Kubernetes safety:

“Today, the appliance safety area is extremely fragmented with many distributors addressing solely a part of the issue,” she writes. “The Portshift group is constructing capabilities that span a big portion of the lifecycle of the cloud-native utility.”

PortShift offers instruments for higher container configuration visibility, vulnerability administration, configuration administration, segmentation, encryption, compliance and automation.

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The acquisition is predicted to shut within the first half of Cisco’s 2021 fiscal yr, when the group will be part of Cisco’s ET&I Group.


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