Today, a security company announced that it has raised $30 million in series A funding for Kubescape, the company's first fully open-source security platform.
Kubernetes deployments can be tracked for misconfigurations and vulnerabilities across the entire software development lifecycle, and it can quickly determine risk scores, highlight risk trends, and provide updates to configuration files.
Kubescape aims to offer businesses a single pane of glass for securing Kubernetes environments that security teams may use to search for errors and vulnerabilities rather than relying on a vast set of open-source security tools.
The need for a more comprehensive security solution for Kubernetes
While there are a number of open-source tools for Kubernetes security, these tools have been sluggished, and often designed for individual employees rather than a complete security solution. Human analysts have noticed that the high number of these security tools has increased complexity.
"One of the main challenges with Kubernetes security today is that while the developers who are responsible for securing Kubernetes are most comfortable working with open-source tools enjoying the flexibility, transparency, and adaptability they offer the comprehensive security tools that can accomplish everything they actually need for K8s are proprietary closed-source solutions," said the cofounder and CEO of ARMO, Shauli Rozen.
Today, in order to deliver an end-to-end K8s security solution, you have basically two options: the first is to register in a commercial company that you will have to pay for later on. The second is to combine together an end-to-end solution by combining numerous and gulfy open-source tools that must then be integrated together, are complex to monitor and manage, and require a large amount of effort to achieve synergy, Rozen said.
ARMO's solution to this challenge is to provide enterprises with a unified open-source Kubernetes security platform that integrates natively with other applications they use, and gives security teams the ability to solve runtime security difficulties.
Assistance in remediation, which may illustrate users exactly where Kubernetes resources have failed and the main cause, owing to the specific line in the resource definition file, and the platform offering to correct and even add missing lines if required.
The Kubernetes security market is booming.
ARMO is a part of the global container, which researchers valued at $714 million in 2020, and they expect to reach a value of $8.24 billion by 2030 as more organizations seek solutions to misconfigurations, runtime security concerns.
The vendor is competing with a number of established competitors, including with Prisma Cloud, which offers (CSPM) and Cloud Workload Protection (CWP) for hosts, containers, and serverless deployments in Kubernetes environments. The company recently announced that it had generated $4.3 billion in 2021.
Another competitor is, a Kubernetes security posture management solution designed to protect and ensure the compliance of K8 applications with security assessments and automated compliance monitoring. The company has recently disclosed that it had raised $135 million in and achieved a valuation of $1 billion.
The key difference between Kubescape and existing solutions is that the latter is an open-source platform, which allows developers from the user community to provide their knowledge and expertise to improve the solution over the long term.