McAfee Acquires NanoSec to Enhance Container and Cloud Security Capabilities

McAfee has announced the acquisition of NanoSec, provider of a multi-cloud, zero-trust application and security platform based in Cupertino, Calif., with an office in Bengalaru. The acquisition is aimed at enabling organizations to improve governance and compliance and to reduce risk of their cloud and container deployments.

According to McAfee, organizations are increasingly adopting container technologies to help modernize legacy applications and create new cloud-native applications that are scalable and agile, but they also must plan for securing the containerized environment across the entire life cycle, which includes the build and development process, deployment and run phase of an application.

Citing a Gartner prediction that “by 2022, more than 75% of global organizations will be running containerized applications in production, which is a significant increase from fewer than 30% today,” McAfee says that Gartner recommends that “security can’t be an afterthought,” and must be embedded in the DevOps process, which it refers to as “DevSecOps.”

With the acquisition of NanoSec, McAfee says it is strengthening the container security capabilities of McAfee MVISION Cloud and MVISION Server Protection products, giving its customers the ability to speed up application delivery while enhancing governance, compliance and security of their hybrid, multi-cloud deployments. NanoSec’s security capabilities will be applied to applications and workloads deployed in containers and Kubernetes and will be integrated into McAfee MVISION Cloud and MVISION Server Protection offerings. These capabilities include continuous configuration compliance and vulnerability assessment as well as runtime application-level segmentation for detecting and preventing lateral movement of threats.

“McAfee’s focus and innovation have allowed it to deliver industry-leading cloud security capabilities to help our customers securely leverage the cloud to accelerate their business,” said Rajiv Gupta, senior vice president and general manager of the cloud security business unit, McAfee. “NanoSec’s technology is a natural extension for McAfee MVISION Cloud, enhancing our current CASB and CWPP products, and adding to our ‘Shift-Left’ capabilities to deliver on the DevSecOps best practice to improve governance and security. NanoSec’s team brings a wealth of experience to McAfee, and together we are committed to enabling organizations to reach their full cloud potential.”

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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