Palo Alto Networks acquires Bridgecrew in $156m deal

Cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks has agreed to acquire developer-first cloud security company Bridgecrew to help bring security earlier into development processes.

The deal was valued at $156m.

This acquisition is part of Palo Alto Networks’ aim of encouraging “shift left” security, which hopes to bring security development earlier into infrastructure creation.

The company has established the Prisma Cloud solution, which is hallmarked as the first cloud security platform to deliver security across the full application lifecycle. It boasts over 1,800 customers.

Bridgecrew claims to be a pioneer of “shift left” through its infrastructure as a code service. The platform gives developers and DevOps teams a systematic way to enforce infrastructure security standards throughout the development lifecycle.

Through the acquisition, Prisma Cloud will be able to supply developers with security assessment and enforcement capabilities.

Once Bridgecrew is integrated, Prisma Cloud customers will have a single platform for their cloud security efforts.

As part of the deal, Bridgecrew co-founders, Idan Tendler, Barak Schoster and Guy Eisenkot, and their teams will join Palo Alto Networks.

Palo Alto Networks chairman and CEO Nikesh Arora said, “Shift left security is a must-have in any cloud security platform. Developers don’t want to wait until runtime to find out their security is not working, and the CISO charged with protecting the entire organization certainly values higher security from fixing issues earlier in the development lifecycle.

“We are thrilled to welcome Bridgecrew, and their widely adopted and trusted developer security platform, to Palo Alto Networks. When combined, Prisma Cloud customers will benefit from having security embedded in the very foundation of their cloud infrastructure.”

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