Cisco buys Kubernetes security startup Portshift

Cisco Systems Inc. said today it’s expanding its reach into container management and DevOps security through the acquisition of Israeli startup Portshift Ltd .

Portshift’s platform uses an agentless approach to detect and mitigate misconfigurations in Kubernetes, which are one of the main causes of security problems in container environments, Cisco said.

The company had raised $5.3 million in seed funding from the venture capital firm Team8, which is backed by Cisco, Microsoft Corp. and Walmart Inc.

“Today, the application security space is highly fragmented with many vendors addressing only part of the problem,” Centoni said.

The same month, machine identity protection firm Venafi Inc. bought Jetstack Inc. , which made security certificate management tools for Kubernetes.

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