oak9 Acquires $5.9 Million Seed Round, Introduces Infrastructure as Code Security Platform

oak9 is debuting its infrastructure as code security platform, backed by a seed round of $5.9 million, that will  accelerate the delivery of cloud-native applications while providing comprehensive security. Oak9 will use the capital to continue to invest in R&D, further define the IaC security landscape, and acquire additional customers.

The funding round was led by Menlo Ventures, accompanied by Hyde Park Angels and Uncorrelated Ventures. As part of the investment, Venky Ganesan, Partner at Menlo Ventures will join oak9’s board of directors along with Tim Tully, formerly CTO at Splunk and now Partner at Menlo Ventures.

The new platform seamlessly integrates into the software development lifecycle, analyzes infrastructure as code, and builds in security based on a holistic and comprehensive view of its architecture and components in their broader context, according to the vendor.

Continuous, dynamic monitoring maintains security not just within individual components, but across evolving ecosystems.

Built into CI/CD workflows, the oak9 platform brings intelligent automation and seamless security to infrastructure as code.

The platform’s pre-built security as code blueprints support any architecture on any cloud provider, and with automated design changes and continuous dynamic monitoring, the platform ensures security keeps up with evolving requirements and potential drift.

Organizations gain a comprehensive view of security across the entire application architecture, not just individual configurations, according to the vendor.

“Every day, businesses face a tradeoff: They can either wait for security or keep moving and accept the risk,” said Raj Datta, CEO of oak9. “oak9 was founded as a third option that supports both accelerated delivery and comprehensive security. We need to shift left even further than many organizations have considered to build security into product design. We need to go beyond just keywords and components to analyze security more comprehensively across the entire architecture. And we need continuous, dynamic monitoring to achieve ongoing security. This is exactly what we designed the oak9 platform to do.”

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