Cloud computing has definitely created some interesting new IT problems.
While data security once meant securing the physical datacenter, the cloud has expanded the IT ecosystem’s perimeter in a literal (but amorphous) way, creating a conundrum: how can you secure something you can’t quite see or measure?
While robust solutions for datacenter security and compliance have long since existed, the cloud is still “Wild West” territory. While many vendors say their products address cloud “security,” there seems to be no common definition of the term. Some of these tools fill a specific gap—encryption or vulnerability scanning, for example. Others are datacenter security tools retrofitted for the cloud. Still others are built specifically for the cloud, but cannot be used in the datacenter, as well.
Cavirin is different.
Instead of thinking of the cloud like a datacenter in the sky, or “tacking on” cloud functionality as an afterthought to a datacenter product, Cavirin was designed with cloud architecture in mind. We created a system to allow the user to create a single security “bubble” and extend it to the entire IT ecosystem, both in the datacenter and across multiple cloud environments.
Cavirin began its life as an acquisition by a Japanese company, SRA OSS, who wanted to gain a foothold in the US market. At its core was a powerful discovery tool that supported the broadest range of hardware we’d ever seen. It worked in the datacenter, in the cloud, and across multivendor environments. It was the perfect raw material to shape into a market-leading product.
While we have preserved elements of the original acquisition, we have reconceived much, as well. We added a feature for capturing configuration data to save and use as baseline policies. We added a library of over 30,000 out-of-the-box policies (including regulatory policies, such as PCI and HIPAA), and created a feature for easily modifying and building new ones. We have created a true “command-and-control center” for the entire IT ecosystem.
Headquartered in Santa Clara—the nerve center of Silicon Valley—Cavirin’s offices are buzzing with techie discussions and debates over coffee and locations for group lunches. Our small, multicultural team has truly come together, bonding over programming languages, data structures, and spicy snacks.