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StackRox Unveils First Container Security Platform That Adapts to Evolving Threats

StackRox today announced its platform delivering adaptive threat protection for container technologies, including Docker and Kubernetes. Co-founded in 2014 by industry veterans Sameer Bhalotra (former Sr. Director for Cybersecurity at the White House) and Ali Golshan (co-founder and former CTO of Cyphort), the company is launching a new security platform with enterprise customers in the finance, media, technology, and government sectors, and $14 million in funding led by Sequoia Capital. The StackRox team will showcase the new solution at Black Hat USA, July 25-27 in Las Vegas.

Containers (e.g. Docker) are the new currency of business agility and efficiency for the world’s most innovative enterprises. A 451 Research study of enterprises found that 52% of organizations using containers are running them in production.* However, this yields a new, rapidly-changing type of attack surface that cannot be secured with traditional enterprise security solutions (e.g. perimeter defense products); they do not see activity within container environments. This can leave security teams, from CISOs to SOC analysts, blind and the organization highly exposed to a vast spectrum of cyber threats.

How StackRox Works

StackRox brings to market a groundbreaking, patent-pending security architecture, coupled with deep instrumentation and sophisticated machine learning to deliver the industry’s only adaptive security platform for containers. StackRox enables security teams to see containers in high resolution; defend against threats such as code injection, privilege escalation, malicious lateral movement, and data exfiltration; and streamline security operations – all with a single platform.

During the last year, StackRox has been extensively vetted by dozens of enterprises with high-velocity, distributed environments. IT and business decision-makers are now using StackRox to control their container systems and consolidate key security capabilities such as intrusion detection and prevention (IDS/IPS), web application firewalling (WAF), and endpoint detection and response (EDR) for containers. Security leaders such as Gene Yoo, VP and Head of Information Security for City National Bank, have locked in StackRox to satisfy multiple security requirements at once.

“My current patchwork of security vendor solutions is no longer viable – or affordable – as our enterprise is growing too quickly and cyber threats evolve constantly. StackRox has already unified a handful of major product areas into a single security engine, so moving to containers means positive ROI,” said Yoo.

StackRox will use the $14 million in funding to invest in product development, marketing and sales to meet growing market demand.

“StackRox is rapidly emerging as the default choice for CISOs looking to secure enterprise container systems,” said Aaref Hilaly, partner at Sequoia Capital and StackRox board member. “As companies adopt microservices, security is a top concern. StackRox allows CISOs to put themselves on the leading edge of this trend, and be enablers for the business, rather than constraints. That’s a powerful value proposition for companies who need to be both agile and secure.”

“Our team has worked tirelessly over the past three years to deliver a better approach to security: a truly dynamic security platform that unifies detection, prevention, and response,” said Sameer Bhalotra, CEO and co-founder of StackRox. “From day one, we’ve worked closely with visionary CSOs to conceive and create a new kind of security platform that is carefully designed to advance our field.”


StackRox is generally available now. Pricing is on a subscription basis per node per year, including enterprise support.

Published Tuesday, July 18, 2017 8:38 AM by David Marshall
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