Note from CSA Editor:
After a long time of being a “tool” for developers, containers are now being seen as the key to enterprise application mobility and rapid deployment. If you are still not sure of the whats and whys of containers take a look here.
So here are two realities:
Containers will make their way into most enterprises.
The logical abstraction of containers means they present new security complexities and hence opportunities for cyber criminals to find new gaps to exploit.
This acquisition certainly makes sense for Palo Alto. It adds an important market leading capability to their portfolio. However, Twistlock is not the only player in this space and that’s a good thing. The news of the acquisition raises an important area that security professionals should be aware of. So if your developers are working containers into your environment and you are not a Palo Alto customer, where else can you look for specialist container security? Well Aqua Security and Stackrox are two other companies specialising in that field which may well be worth a look.
The full press release follows.
Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, announced today that it has completed its acquisition of Twistlock, the leader in container security, to extend its Prisma™ cloud security strategy. This acquisition will further advance the company's ability to secure today's modern applications throughout the entire life cycle, enabling organizations to deliver innovations that are secure, reliable, and scalable.
"As a growing number of organizations move their business to the cloud, developers increasingly rely on cloud-native technologies such as containers and serverless infrastructure to accelerate the development, testing, and deployment of modern applications and services," said Nikesh Arora, CEO of Palo Alto Networks. "We are excited to welcome Twistlock to Palo Alto Networks. With Twistlock's market-leading container security capabilities, we are more confident than ever in our ability to enable a secure journey to the cloud for our customers."
Twistlock combines vulnerability management, compliance, and runtime defense for cloud-native applications and workloads. The company serves more than 300 customers, with more than a quarter of those on the Fortune 100 list. Twistlock co-founders, Ben Bernstein and Dima Stopel, will join Palo Alto Networks. Twistlock will continue to be available as a standalone product and will also be integrated into Prisma Public Cloud.
Containers are a fast-growing software development infrastructure option. The technology packages code, configurations, and dependencies, enabling organizations to deliver software more quickly and easily.
Palo Alto Networks paid approximately $410 million in cash, excluding purchase price adjustments, to acquire Twistlock. The company announced another addition to its Prisma cloud security suite with the completion of its acquisition of PureSec, a leader in serverless security, on June 13, 2019. With the acquisitions of Twistlock and PureSec, customers migrating to the cloud can now rely on Prisma to secure all types of cloud workloads and architectures, across multiple public cloud provider platforms, as well as private and hybrid cloud environments.