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Cloud Security Just Got Better!

February 1, 2021
Amir Ofek
Alcide’s CEO

Rapid7 acquires Alcide, embedding Kubernetes Security technology into its Cloud Security Offering.

Today, Rapid7 announced its acquisition of Alcide. I feel we are truly making history together, both by taking the lead of the cloud security space and by formally introducing Rapid7 to the Israeli cybersecurity ecosystem.

This is an amazing achievement for Alcide and a recognition of our leadership of the Kubernetes Security domain.  Rapid7, who also acquired DivvyCloud in 2020, and Alcide look forward to bringing to market the most comprehensive Kubernetes-first cloud security offerings. By joining together cloud workload protection (CWPP) and cloud security posture management (CSPM) capabilities, we will be bridging DevOps and Security needs alike.

About two and a half years ago Alcide decided to make a strategic move and focus solely on the Kubernetes Security space. Today it seems obvious, but back then the jury was still out on Kubernetes. Clearly today Kubernetes is the standard for any cloud-native environment. According to CNCF, 91% of its annual survey respondents use Kubernetes today, with 83% having Kubernetes in production compared to 58% only two years ago (when we made our strategic shift to Kubernetes).

Today, industry leaders such as Snowflake, Takeaway/JustEat/Grubhub, ASOS, IAC and others rely on Alcide to secure their Kubernetes infrastructure from design to production.  

How will Rapid7 and Alcide excite the market?

Despite Covid-19, we grew at Alcide over 3x and expanded significantly our platform. We delivered 20 major releases across our kAdvisor, kAudit and kART modules, and added our first open source toolset of sKan, rBak and iSkan for early scanning of Kubernetes helm charts, images and RBAC policies configurations to identify any security gaps.

We first met with both Rapid7 and DivvyCloud (before Rapid7 acquired them) coincidentally on the same day at KubeCon San Diego just over a year ago and immediately saw the collaboration value with both – I guess it was fate simply meant to happen… 

Rapid7 recognized how Alcide would be a perfect complement to DivvyCloud capabilities to drive its Kubernetes security forward. With Alcide and DivvyCloud, I believe Rapid7 will now have one of the most comprehensive offerings in the market, addressing the full breadth of CWPP & CSPM.

I am so proud to introduce Rapid7 to the Israeli market in building out a new development center in Tel-Aviv, leveraging the amazing cyber talent Israel has to offer.

In joining Rapid7, we will be able to bring to the market a far more robust and competitive offering, accelerate our innovation, and gain a far greater scale globally, than we would be able to achieve as a startup. As part of Rapid7, we will be able to share our SaaS and Kubernetes expertise and build on its leadership in the CSPM space.

I am so proud to introduce Rapid7 to the Israeli market in building out a new development center in Tel-Aviv, leveraging the amazing cyber talent Israel has to offer.

Looking Forward

Over the past year, we have gotten to know the Rapid7 team and we came to realize the great culture and vision alignment between our teams, and I am confident this is going to be an exciting next chapter in our journey.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers for trusting us as their Kubernetes Security providers, and our partners for the great collaboration. I would like to thank Momentum Cyber for their advice and support as our strategic advisor. I would like to also thank our major investors Intel Capital, Elron and CEIIF as well as Rami Tamir, our investor and board member, and Amir Aharoni, our chairman for putting your trust in us and for your great ongoing support.

Finally, I would like to thank the entire Alcide team for your grit, customer obsession, teamwork and simply nailing it, as well as Doing Good by contributing part of our transaction gains to Tmura (www.tmura.org), an organization supporting education and other youth-related initiatives in Israel.

Gadi, myself and the entire Alcide team are thrilled to join Rapid7 to take our vision forward of bridging DevOps and Security teams needs to build, deploy and run secure Kubernetes infrastructures.

 

About the author

Amir profile

Amir Ofek

Alcide’s CEO

Amir Ofek has over 20 years of experience in the hi-tech industry. Prior to Alcide, Amir was President and CEO at CyberInt, where he led the company’s fast growth in the cybersecurity MDR space. Before, he worked at Amdocs (NASDAQ:DOX), where he served as VP Client Business Executive for the SingTel Group, based in Singapore, and as the Chief of Staff of Amdocs CEO. He was also a board director at Gilat Satellite Networks (NASDAQ:GILT).
Amir is a Captain (res.) in the IDF 8200 unit, and holds BSc. in IT Engineering (Cum Laude) from the Technion and an MBA from INSEAD.

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