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Palo Alto Networks Plans to Purchase Bridgecrew, Cloud-Based Security Platform

Palo Alto Networks | February 17, 2021

Palo Alto Networks, the worldwide cybersecurity pioneer, declared that it has gone into complete consent to procure Bridgecrew, a developer's first cloud security organization. The proposed procurement will empower "shift left" security, with Prisma® Cloud turning into the primary cloud security stage to convey security across the full application lifecycle.

Palo Alto Networks has made key wagers around the move to the cloud and the requirement for incorporated top tier security. This exceptional methodology has empowered Prisma Cloud to support in excess of 1,800 clients, including 70% of the Fortune 100. Today Palo Alto Networks is making a further wagered that cloud security must "shift left," with security progressively performed during the DevOps cycle.

Bridgecrew is a pioneer in shift left, zeroing in on infrastructure as code (IaC), where infrastructure setup is systematized during advancement. The organization's engineer first IaC security stage offers designers and DevOps groups a methodical method to authorize infrastructure security principles all through the improvement lifecycle. The proposed procurement will empower Prisma Cloud to give designers security evaluation and authorization abilities all through the DevOps interaction.

With the expansion of Bridgecrew, Palo Alto Networks will be the first to convey security across the full application lifecycle. When coordinated, Prisma Cloud clients will profit by a solitary stage that will convey cloud security from build time to runtime, flawlessly associating security and DevOps teams. This again features the requirement for a complete way to deal with cloud security that essentially can't be accomplished with point items.

Bridgecrew's open-source IaC scanner, Checkov, has acquired a critical early foothold with engineers, outperforming 1 million downloads in 2020 — its first entire year of accessibility. Additionally, Bridgecrew's full security stage is seeing an acceptable early foothold across many cloud-first associations and a few ventures. Palo Alto Networks will keep on putting resources into Bridgecrew's open-source activities as a component of its continuing obligation to DevOps security.

About Palo Alto Networks:

Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, is shaping the cloud-centric future with technology that is transforming the way people and organizations operate. Our mission is to be the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life. We help address the world's greatest security challenges with continuous innovation that seizes the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, analytics, automation, and orchestration. By delivering an integrated platform and empowering a growing ecosystem of partners, we are at the forefront of protecting tens of thousands of organizations across clouds, networks, and mobile devices. Our vision is a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before.

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