Palo Alto Networks to acquire container security startup Twistlock for $410M

At KubeCon final week in Barcelona, container safety was a hot subject, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Palo Alto Networks announced right now that it was obtaining container safety startup, Twistlock for $410 million.

The firm has raised a small more than $63 million, according to Crunchbase information, so that cost tag presumably offers its investors fairly a good price of return, but Palo Alto possibly sees what everybody else is seeing, and getting a container safety piece in its toolkit is going to be a very useful asset.

With a firm like Twistlock in the fold, it not only offers them a container safety platform, it’s also providing them the 120 workers with a lot of container safety know-how and 400 consumers utilizing that toolset, and that in itself could in some strategies be even additional useful.

Developers have been moving to containers swiftly more than the final quite a few years, and as with so quite a few quickly developing technologies, the safety hasn’t necessarily kept up with the improvement of containerization in basic. Firms like Twistlock and Aqua Safety have been attempting to create tools to alter that. Each providers had a significant presence at KubeCon final week.

Firm CTO John Morello says his firm functions with the cloud native neighborhood to assistance define safety requirements, then builds that into the application. “Inside Twistlock, we have actually 500 plus checks that cover the Center for Net Safety (CIS) benchmarks for Linux, for Docker, for Kubernetes and offers you that visibility. So you can see what the configuration state of your atmosphere is, but we also give you a preventative capability. So if the atmosphere is configured insecurely, then we won’t permit the application to be deployed,” Morello told TechCrunch in an interview at KubeCon final week.

Twistlock, which was founded 2015, got into the container safety fairly early, but the founders saw that this new way of establishing software program would need a new way of securing it. That’s partly mainly because of the ephemeral nature of containers, but additional mainly because containerization brings with it a higher level of automation, and when no humans are touching the procedure, it’s less complicated for hackers to insert themselves devoid of anybody realizing it.

The firm’s most current funding round was a $33 million Series C investment final summer time.