Armo raises $30M for open-source Kubernetes security platform

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Armo raises $30M for open-source Kubernetes security platform

Armo, a Tel Aviv-based company, has raised $30 million in Series A funding led by Tiger Global to develop its end-to-end, open-source security project Kubescape and grow worldwide.

The company says it is building the first of its kind with Kubescape, a security platform based on Kubernetes. The platform scans configuration files like YAML and Helm, Kubernetes clusters, and worker nodes for misconfigurations and known vulnerabilities based on NSA-CISA hardening guidance and MITRE ATT&CK, among other DevOps frameworks and vulnerability databases, and shows risk scores and trends based on its discoveries. It also includes a role-based access control module that visualizes the links between roles and privileges between parts of a Kubernetes cluster. Armo said taht Kubescape can show developers and DevOps teams why controls fail, and automatically suggest configuration fixes to improve security posture.

Armo says it developed Kubescape because there is no open-source project that offers an end-to-end Kubernetes security solution. It suggests that current open-source Kubernetes security tools are “limited, fragmented, complex to manage & monitor and require a huge effort to generate synergies, forcing organizations into closed source proprietary solutions.”

Shauli Rozen, CEO and co-founder of Armo, finds that DevOps teams are forced into a dilemma of patching together several different open source tools together or committing to a proprietary solution that developers cannot adapt, access the code, or influence and contribute to the roadmap. With Kubescape, it aims for transparency and customization to address such concerns.

The $30 million investment, which is led by Tiger Global and joined by Hyperwise Ventures with participation from Pitango First and Peled Venture, will be used to open more offices, hire around the world, add more developers to work on Kubescape, invest in its open-source community, and expand its product and marketing teams.

“Armo’s commitment to an open-source, end-to-end solution to the entire challenge made it stand out, and Kubescape’s success just shows how much it’s needed,” says Nathan Shuchami, managing partner with Hyperwise Ventures.

Other Kubernetes-related investments include a $22 million Series B funding for Ridge and $40 million in Series B funding for Kubernetes management platform provider Spectro Cloud.

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