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It should come as no surprise that behind the rapid adoption of Docker containers are a set of slam-dunk cost and operational benefits. According to Docker, enterprise IT budgets are heavily consumed by maintenance and upkeep of legacy applications on the order of 80%. Containers drastically change that equation, and the customers that leverage them are realizing massive improvements in resource utilization, resulting in a 50%-60% drop in virtual machines (VMs)– and ultimately, hypervisor licenses– required to run the refactored application.
Container technology is fundamentally changing the way incident response (IR) is handled within the enterprise, and it is putting agile organizations back in a position of strength against their attackers. Microservices and containers comprise an infrastructure that can be leveraged as a security orchestrator and responder, which allows for radical improvements in both the scale and speed of threat detection, response, and prevention. IR in a traditional environment Today’s systems have become too distributed, integrate too many programs, and present too many attack surfaces for security analysts to thwart attacks effectively.
We’re pleased to begin our video demo series walking you through the StackRox platform. Our first video features a look at our map view and visibility features. This allows security teams to quickly understand what’s impacting their infrastructures, and gain a clear view of the risk across their overall environment.
Enterprise organizations across diverse verticals, such as 3M, Adobe, Kellogg’s, and Netflix, have been ramping up their use of the public cloud to the point where that usage accounts for a substantial portion of their annual IT spend. ‘Enterprises with big budgets, data centers, and complex applications are now looking at cloud as a viable place to run core business applications’, according to Dave Bartoletti, an analyst at Forrester Research.
At StackRox, we’re thrilled to have the support of Ron Gula, an industry luminary and invaluable mentor to me for the past decade. Ron is a longtime leader in the security community, having started his career at the National Security Agency (NSA) conducting penetration tests of government networks and performing advanced vulnerability research. Ron is also an experienced entrepreneur, CTO, and CEO, as the original author of the Dragon Intrusion Detection System, CTO of Network Security Wizards (acquired by Enterasys Networks), and cofounder of Tenable Network Security, where he served as CEO from 2002-2016.
Forensics in the age of containers You’ve seen it countless times in television’s most popular dramas: professional investigators descend on the scene of a crime to meticulously record and analyze every detail and clue before anyone else can disrupt the scene. If the crime appears to be related to other ongoing cases, clues are tacked to the peg board back at headquarters. Only once all the pieces have been assembled do patterns emerge.
Why everyone from investors to the C-suite should consider container security Over the past few years, virtually all of the most innovative enterprise firms – from multinational banks like Goldman Sachs, to cutting-edge technology companies like Google – have set out to modernize the way they deliver software applications through containers and microservices architectures. By breaking down large applications into smaller, composable pieces, software developers and those in charge of managing applications have discovered that containers – and the microservices approach they enable – allow for software development that is far more agile, resilient, and efficient than traditional monolithic approaches.
Introduction Container technology has radically changed the way that applications are being developed and deployed. Notably, containers dramatically ease dependency management, so shipping new features or code is faster than ever before. While Docker containers and Kubernetes are great for DevOps, they also present new security challenges that both security practitioners and developers must understand and address with diligence. Docker’s team of security experts has built some valuable security features into the Docker platform over the last several years.
Shortly following our launch, I was a guest on Paul Asadoorian’s Startup Security Weekly show. In this episode, hear about how Sameer and I conceived the idea for the company, how we talked to investors about our ideas, and why our platform uniquely addresses the challenges of enterprises who are embracing containerization and microservices. We also discuss how enterprises are using StackRox to build security into the fabric of their infrastructures as they operationalize their use of containers and microservices.
I’ve worked to align government and commercial cybersecurity initiatives throughout my career, from the White House to Silicon Valley. It’s crystal clear to me that we’re stronger when we work together. I’ve been speaking frequently on this topic recently, as co-chair of the CSIS Cyber Policy Task Force for the 45th President, ally of the Hewlett Foundation, advisor to the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, and affiliate of the Stanford University Center for Security and International Cooperation.
On our launch day, Ali and I were guests on Derrick Harris’ ARCHITECHT Show. Check out this podcast to hear about the origin of StackRox, why CISOs personally invested in our company, what we think about microservices, and how we work with Docker. Episode 29: StackRox founders on making microservices secure ARCHITECHT Show, StackRox co-founders Sameer Bhalotra and Ali Golshan break down the state of container security and the new technology they have built to solve it.
The microservices revolution is underway. Businesses using microservices have reduced their development time by as much as 75%, fueling software innovation and competitive advantage. Today more than half of all enterprises using microservices and container technologies like Docker and Kubernetes are running them in production. And a vibrant ecosystem of more than 125 companies including Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Red Hat, IBM, CoreOS, Mesosphere, and others, continues to grow rapidly.
It’s an exciting day in StackRox history - launching out of stealth mode, unveiling adaptive threat protection for containers, and announcing funding led by Sequoia Capital. We’re also launching our new website and blog today. We hope you’ll spend some time looking around: Read highlights of the StackRox platform Deep dive into the StackRox feature set Learn why Sequoia Capital is backing StackRox