Red Hat To Acquire Kubernetes-Native Security Company StackRox

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  • The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021, subject to customary closing conditions
  • Red Hat plans to open source StackRox’s technology post acquisition

Red Hat, Inc. has announced its intent to acquire StackRox. It said that by bringing StackRox’s powerful Kubernetes-native security capabilities to Red Hat OpenShift, RedHat aims to deliver a single, holistic platform that enables users to build, deploy and securely run nearly any application across the entirety of the hybrid cloud.

The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021, subject to customary closing conditions. Red Hat plans to open source StackRox’s technology post acquisition. Red Hat will continue to support the KubeLinter community and new communities as Red Hat works to open source StackRox’s offerings

Kamal Shah, CEO, StackRox said, “We’re thrilled to join forces with Red Hat, coupling the industry’s first Kubernetes-native security platform with the leading Kubernetes platform for hybrid cloud, multicloud, and edge deployments. This is a tremendous validation of our innovative approach to container and Kubernetes security. Red Hat is an ideal partner to accelerate our vision of enabling organizations to securely build, deploy and run their cloud-native applications anywhere.”

StackRox will continue to support multiple Kubernetes platforms

Container security is Linux security. Red Hat provides security for enterprise open source solutions, beginning with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and continually evolving to set new standards to secure cloud-native environments. OpenShift takes a layered approach to securing containers, integrating security throughout the container lifecycle, from building, to deploying to running containers in mission critical environments.

In addition to Red Hat OpenShift, StackRox will continue to support multiple Kubernetes platforms, including Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), and Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE).

RedHat said that with this acquistion, it will further expand its security leadership, adding StackRox’s complementary capabilities to strengthen integrated security across its open hybrid cloud portfolio with greater simplicity and consistency. It will focus on transforming how cloud-native workloads are secured by expanding and refining Kubernetes’ native controls. It will do so by security left into the container build and CI/CD phase, to provide a solution for enhanced security up and down the entire IT stack and throughout the lifecycle.

Visibility across all Kubernetes clusters

Paul Cormier, president and CEO, Red Hat said,“Securing Kubernetes workloads and infrastructure cannot be done in a piecemeal manner; security must be an integrated part of every deployment, not an afterthought. Red Hat adds StackRox’s Kubernetes-native capabilities to OpenShift’s layered security approach, furthering our mission to bring product-ready open innovation to every organization across the open hybrid cloud across IT footprints.”

StackRox differentiates with a Kubernetes-native security platform. The StackRox software provides visibility across all Kubernetes clusters, by directly deploying components for enforcement and deep data collection into the Kubernetes cluster infrastructure. It reduces the time and effort needed to implement security, and streamlining security analysis, investigation and remediation said the company.

StackRox also helps to simplify DevSecOps and enable cloud-native environments to be more intrinsically secure, by integrating directly into application pipelines and customers’ existing registry, image scanning and CI/CD tools

In October 2020, StackRox launched KubeLinter. It is an open source project that analyzes Kubernetes YAML files and Helm charts for correct configurations, with a focus on enabling production readiness and security earlier in the development process.


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