Congratulations to StackRox on Joining Red Hat: Validation That Demand for DevSecOps Is on the Rise
It was less than a year ago that I met Kamal Shah and Ali Golshan of StackRox. We only just announced our investment in the business in September. Fast forward to today and we’re celebrating the news that Red Hat has acquired StackRox. The team at Menlo is proud to have supported StackRox on its journey and into the next chapter as a part of Red Hat—it’s further validation of the company’s innovative Kubernetes-native approach to security.
Today, companies are driving innovation in the business applications that they build. There’s a monumental shift to cloud-native as companies seek more agility, faster software delivery, and time to market. Kubernetes is at the heart of this digital revolution and security has to be woven into the entire application development process. StackRox has fundamentally changed security for cloud-native applications. It’s addressing a massive market opportunity with a world-class team and a uniquely differentiated product. It’s enabling organizations to build, deploy, and run cloud-native applications anywhere. StackRox’s innovative approach to container and Kubernetes security will help Red Hat execute on its vision to deliver hybrid cloud software architectures that can be deployed anywhere.
This acquisition is further evidence that the cybersecurity market is booming and that there is considerable demand for keeping cloud-native workloads secure. This shift has cleared a path for the rise of “DevSecOps” which aims to bring security into the fold, moving it directly into the software development lifecycle. Companies like StackRox are enabling security and DevOps teams to operationalize security and compliance policies across the entire container life cycle. We are bullish on cybersecurity. Our portfolio includes Abnormal Security, Appdome, BitSight, Dedrone, Signifiyd and Sonrai Security and we’re particularly interested in companies that are bringing solutions to bear that simplify the DevSecOps process (I’ve written more on the attributes that we look for in a cybersecurity investment here).
It has been incredibly rewarding to work alongside Kamal and Ali and watch StackRox grow even against the backdrop of a global pandemic. Kamal and Ali’s in-depth sector knowledge and business acumen has cemented StackRox as the leader in containers and Kubernetes security—and I feel like they’re just getting started. Red Hat’s strategy of fueling enterprise innovation across hybrid cloud is spot on and adding the capabilities of StackRox makes this a perfect match.