Ten­able Net­work Se­cu­rity buys S.F. firm in 1st ac­qui­si­tion

Baltimore Sun - - BUSINESS MARYLAND - By Sarah Gantz sarah.gantz@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/sarah­gantz

Ten­able Net­work Se­cu­rity Inc. has ac­quired FlawCheck, a small San Francisco firm, in a deal that will ex­pand Ten­able’s se­cu­rity soft­ware of­fer­ings.

Fi­nan­cial terms were not dis­closed, but the ac­qui­si­tion is a first for Ten­able, the Columbia-based tech­nol­ogy se­cu­rity com­pany that raised $250 mil­lion in ven­ture cap­i­tal last year.

“We have a road map. We know where we want to go in the next five years, as far as prod­uct,” said Re­naud Derai­son, Ten­able’s chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer and co-founder.

Ten­able spe­cial­izes in soft­ware that con­tin­u­ously mon­i­tors large data net­works for vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties and threats. The com­pany counts among its clients such brands as MasterCard, BMW, Adi­das and Mi­crosoft.

But the way com­pa­nies ap­proach in- for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy is chang­ing — they are in­creas­ingly com­bin­ing devel­op­ment and op­er­a­tions teams, and us­ing new tech­nolo­gies like the cloud and what are known as Docker con­tain­ers to store and pro­tect in­for­ma­tion.

By ac­quir­ing FlawCheck, Ten­able gains se­cu­rity tech­nol­ogy de­signed for this new wave of soft­ware devel­op­ment prac­tices.

FlawCheck pro­vides con­tin­u­ous scan­ning for Docker con­tain­ers, a newer way to pro­tect code by iso­lat­ing it within a com­puter, so it can’t be used for any­thing but its in­tended pur­pose. While con­tain­ers are in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar, com­pa­nies us­ing them don’t nec­es­sar­ily have proper se­cu­rity in place to pro­tect the in­for­ma­tion they hold.

An­thony Bet­tini and Sasan Pa­di­dar, FlawCheck’s founders and sole em­ploy­ees, will join Ten­able.

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