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Red Hat Acquires StackRox, a Validation of Its Approach to Container and Kubernetes Security

By CIOReview | Wednesday, January 13, 2021

By joining forces with Red Hat, StackRox will be able to accelerate its product and be in a position to bring innovative potentials to its customers faster.

FREMONT, CA: Red Hat announces an agreement to acquire StackRox. This is a milestone for StackRox and a validation of its innovative method to container and Kubernetes security. It integrates the industry’s first Kubernetes-native security platform with Red Hat’s enterprise Kubernetes platform, OpenShift - assisting businesses further scale their digital transformation initiatives by securely building, deploying, and running their cloud-native applications anywhere. StackRox will continue to help multiple Kubernetes offerings such as Amazon EKS, Azure AKS, and Google GKE.

StackRox was founded about six years ago with a focus on runtime security for containers. Over time, based on feedback and industry trends around DevSecOps and shift-left security, the company expanded the product footprint to cover applications across the build and implement phases of the container lifecycle.

Over two and a half years ago, the company decided to focus on Kubernetes and pivoted its whole product to be Kubernetes-native. Fast forward to 2020, and Kubernetes has evolved as the operating system for cloud-native use cases and hybrid cloud environments. According to CNCF, Kubernetes is used by 91 percent of its annual survey respondents, with 83 percent of them using it in production compared to 58 percent just two years ago. Today, DevOps and Security teams at cloud-native firms, Fortune 500 companies, and government agencies rely on StackRox to deploy security and compliance policies across the container lifecycle.

Red Hat recognized that StackRox’s innovative method to container and Kubernetes security was a perfect complement to its vision of offering hybrid cloud software architectures that can be implemented anywhere. With StackRox, OpenShift customers get a single platform to securely build, deploy, and run cloud-native apps across their entire fleet of Kubernetes clusters.

By joining Red Hat, the company will be able to accelerate product innovation and achieve a far greater scale, on a global level, than it would be able to achieve as an independent startup. Red Hat sees the tremendous Kubernetes security advantages its customers have enjoyed, understands how security remains a top priority, and knows that together the companies can further increase the value they provide to their customers.