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Today, we are pleased to share that Red Hat has closed the transaction to acquire StackRox, a leader and innovator in container and Kubernetes-native security. Since announcing our plans for the acquisition, we have been met with excitement both internally and externally around what the future holds for Red Hat OpenShift as well as Red Hat’s entire open hybrid cloud portfolio. 

According to 451 Research, “For those looking to secure complex environments, they need more than security features alone – there's a need for visibility across many environments, compliance management, threat detection, incident response, and much more.”1 With StackRox’s Kubernetes-native security technology, Red Hat will be able to further expand its security leadership and reinforce our commitment to deliver a single, holistic platform for users to build, deploy and more securely run nearly any application across the hybrid cloud.

Over the past several years we have paid close attention to how our customers are securing their workloads, as well as the growing importance of GitOps to organizations. Both of these have reinforced how critically important it is for security to “shift left” - integrated within every part of the development and deployment lifecycle and not treated as an afterthought. With StackRox, we will be working to add security into container build and CI/CD processes. This helps to more efficiently identify and address issues earlier in the development cycle while providing more cohesive security up and down the entire IT stack and throughout the application lifecycle. 

Beyond security, governance and compliance can act as a bottleneck in application modernization. StackRox’s software provides visibility and consistency across all Kubernetes clusters, helping to reduce the time and effort needed to implement security while streamlining security analysis, investigation and remediation. StackRox helps to simplify DevSecOps, and by integrating this technology into Red Hat OpenShift, we hope to enable users enhance cloud-native application security across every IT footprint. 

We are excited to welcome StackRox associates into the Red Hat family and look forward to working with existing and new customers of StackRox technologies as part of an expanded Red Hat portfolio.

1 451 Research, part of S&P Global Market Intelligence - Red Hat reaches for StackRox to bolster its OpenShift security capabilities, Jan. 8 2021

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Ashesh Badani is Senior Vice President, Head of Products at Red Hat. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s overall product portfolio and business unit groups, including product strategy, business planning, product management, marketing, and operations across on-premise, public cloud, and edge. His product responsibilities include Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®, Red Hat OpenShift®, Red Hat Ansible Automation, developer tools, and middleware, as well as emerging cloud services and experiences.

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