Palo Alto Networks Brings Security to “Shift Left” Cloud Deployment

Quick Glance

  • – The proposed acquisition of Bridgecrew Technologies will enable “shift left” security, with Prisma Cloud.
  • – The company’s developer-first IaC security platform offers developers and DevOps teams a systematic way to enforce infrastructure.
  • – Of the many challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, one is the ability to enable workers to be able to perform their functions remotely and securely.

 

The proposed acquisition of Bridgecrew Technologies will enable “shift left” security, with Prisma Cloud further embracing the DevOps community. 

Of the many challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, one is the ability to enable workers to be able to perform their functions remotely and securely. The pandemic and the world’s big shift to doing (even) more online has put an unprecedented amount of pressure on cybersecurity to do its job in an automated and orchestrated manner.  

Now, it looks like one of the big security players in this space, Palo Alto Networks, has made an acquisition that will help it address this challenge, specifically with security tools designed for those working in DevOps to handle vast volumes of security data more efficiently. 

According to reports, the company is acquiring Bridgecrew Technologies, a startup out of Israel that automates the process of network monitoring and security remediation by translating the feedback into code. Bridgecrew is a pioneer in shift left, focusing on infrastructure as code (IaC), where infrastructure configuration is codified during development. The company’s developer-first IaC security platform offers developers and DevOps teams a systematic way to enforce infrastructure security standards throughout the development lifecycle. The proposed acquisition will enable Prisma Cloud to provide developers with security assessment and enforcement capabilities throughout the DevOps process. 

With the addition of Bridgecrew Technologies, Palo Alto Networks will be the first to deliver security across the full application lifecycle. Once integrated, Prisma Cloud customers will benefit from a single platform that will deliver cloud security from build time to runtime, seamlessly connecting security and DevOps teams. This again highlights the need for a comprehensive approach to cloud security that simply can’t be achieved with point products. 

Another takeaway from this news is how Israel continues to be fertile ground for creating and growing cybersecurity businesses. Palo Alto Networks was established by Israeli founders and Bridgecrew will be the seventh Israeli cybersecurity company acquired by Palo Alto in recent years. 

Integration Partners, a Diamond Palo Alto Networks Partner, believes this acquisition will support the ‘work securely from anywhere’ mode that will continue to enable organizations to quickly and seamlessly identify and stop nefarious traffic.