Twistlock Raises $10M to Secure Containers

By Sean Michael Kerner  |  Posted 2016-07-06 Print this article Print

VIDEO: Ben Bernstein, CEO and co-founder of Twistlock, discusses how his company is raising the bar on container security.

Container security vendor Twistlock announced on July 6 that it has raised a $10 million Series A round of funding led by TenEleven Ventures with the participation of Rally Ventures and YL Ventures.

Twistlock's Container Security Suite became generally available in November 2015, providing container users with runtime security for container applications.

In a video interview with eWEEK, Bernstein explains how Twistlock's technology has fared in the market so far, and where the technology is headed in the future.

Containers, particularly Docker containers, have already implemented multiple security layers to mitigate risk. For example, Docker has its Notary project, which enables developers to cryptographically sign container images to help verify integrity. Bernstein noted that what Twistlock does goes beyond a static form of analysis for container security.

Bernstein explained that what Notary provides is a layer of security before a container reaches production, helping organizations make sure that containers are verified.

"What's interesting is after you start running it [the container]," Bernstein said. "Which changes are legitimate and which are not? "

He added that once a container is running, more containers can be attached to it that install additional capabilities. Twistlock's platform is designed to provide container users with insight into changes happening in the runtime environment in a bid to limit potential security risks.

In Bernstein's view, attackers aren't currently necessarily looking at exploiting containers; rather they are looking to exploit the applications that run in containers.

"The attacker isn't aware that he is attacking a container. He doesn't care if it's a virtual machine or a container. He is attacking an application," Bernstein said.

Currently, Twistlock is available in an on-premises approach and looking forward, Twistlock is working on expanding its platform for delivery in a software-as-a-service model.

Watch the full video interview with Ben Bernstein below:

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eWEEK and Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.


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