As 2019 ended we gave our first Machine Identity Management Development Fund report card: “It’s now been just over a year since we announced the $12.5 million Machine Identity Management Development Fund. As we look back over a year of funding cutting-edge innovation, there were a few surprises: we’ve had more global interest, more developer participation and more customer downloads than we anticipated.”
Year two is off to a fast start!
The Machine Identity Management Development Fund has directly sponsored four new developers in the first quarter of 2020. These experts in their field will create integrations that accelerate the delivery of comprehensive protection for machine identities across mobile devices, DevOps and multi cloud environments, and Internet of Things (IoT) networks. The newest developers to join the Machine Identity Management Development Fund include:
- ISARA, the world’s leading provider of agile quantum-safe security solutions, will enable Venafi Platform customers to begin using Quantum-safe cryptography and machines identities with VCert. As the fast, easy way for developers to access Machine Identity Management, VCert functions in both Venafi Trust Protection Platform and Venafi as a Service. Before this integration, developers couldn’t access Quantum-safe cryptography and automation for Machine Identities. One barrier to this functionality was that VCert did not support Quantum-safe cryptography and could not request certificates containing Quantum-safe and / or multiple algorithms. By developing an extension for VCert Go to support quantum safe cryptography, developers will be able to orchestrate Quantum-safe certificates with the most current algorithms. ISARA is based in Canada.
- Fullstaq, a specialist in open source, DevOps, cloud native and high-traffic webhosting, will use the fund to develop an integration for open source automation server Jenkins. This will let Venafi customers use a Jenkins CI plugin package to easily integrate the Venafi Next-Gen Code Signing platform with Jenkins CI-managed pipelines in a standard way. The plugin will provide DevOps and security teams with a way to maintain code signing speed, while ensuring safety and security. Fullstaq is based in The Netherlands.
- Reveal Group, an international leader in operational intelligence and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) tools, will use the fund to build RPA bots for the Venafi Platform. As organizations use more machine identities, security teams have not been able to employ RPA to accelerate and use resources efficiently. To eliminate time spent on repetitive tasks, Reveal Group will build Machine Identity Management RPA bots for market leading BluePrism and UiPath platforms. Reveal Group is headquartered in Sydney, Australia, with offices across North America and Asia Pacific.
- SamaraTech, an Oracle Solution Developer, will use the fund to build Oracle Wallet integration for Oracle HTTP Server and Oracle Traffic Director. Oracle Wallet is the common interface in the Oracle ecosystem for Machine Identities. The SamaraTech driver will help security and operations teams discover machine identities in Oracle Wallet, generate requests for TLS machine identities, and install and renew TLS machine identities and CA chains in an automated fashion. SamaraTech is based in Maryland.
- Swimlane, a leader in security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR), will build Machine Identity Management plugins to drive coordinate and automated response for TLS, SSH, and code signing machine identity security events including breaches. Today the Global 5000 is using SOAR to deliver scalable and flexible security solutions to organizations struggling with alert fatigue, vendor proliferation and chronic staffing shortages. Swimlane’s solution helps organizations address all security operations (SecOps) needs, including prioritizing alerts, orchestrating tools and automating the remediation of threats—improving performance across the entire organization. Swimlane is headquartered in Colorado.
“Our latest round in the Development Fund brings a wide variety of features to machine identity management,” said Kevin Bocek, vice president of security strategy and threat intelligence at Venafi. “Global 5000 organizations will be able to protect machine identities for Robotic Process Automation (RPA) bots, CI/CD pipelines automated with Jenkins, and critical Oracle applications. Overall, the Development Fund continues to expand globally, we added our first Australian based developer and our third Netherlands based developer. In a little over a year, the Venafi is reshaping innovation for machine identity management; we are delivering on the vision to protect all machine identities for the Global 5000.”