Cloud Native Machine Identity Management downloaded millions of times daily


SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Venafi®, the inventor and leading provider of machine identity management, today announced that cert-manager, the open-source standard for cloud-native machine identity management created by Jetstack, a Venafi company, has been downloaded more than a million times a day for the past 18 years. month. This data highlights the critical importance of machine identity management to container security in cloud-native environments.

“Every company today, regardless of industry, develops software, and most of these companies have accelerated their migration to cloud-native development methodologies to accelerate software innovation,” said Kevin Bocek, Vice President of Threat Intelligence at Venafi. “This change has dramatically increased the number of machines on enterprise networks, accelerating the adoption of identity-centric security models, such as Zero Trust. There is a direct correlation between the growing number of applications and data hosted outside of traditional networks and the growing volume and sophistication of security threats targeting cloud-native environments.

Managing identities for machines, which include devices, apps, and containers, is much more complex than managing identities for humans; therefore, existing security frameworks do not solve the problem. This complexity, combined with the rapid growth in Kubernetes adoption, creates new identity management challenges for security teams already strained by the shortage of skilled resources.

“As organizations seek to implement Zero Trust principles to secure their rapidly growing cloud-native environments, an identity-centric security model becomes a required capability,” said Matthew Bates, CTO and co-founder of Jetstack, a cloud-native focused Venafi company. “The human-centric, location-based security mechanisms that we relied on before are no longer fit for this purpose.”

Jetstack created cert-manager as an open source project to simplify certificate management automation within Kubernetes. Natively built on the Kubernetes API, cert-manager issues and renews X.509 certificates from popular public and private certificate issuers, including Let’s Encrypt, HashiCorp Vault, and Venafi trust protection platform. Boasting hundreds of contributors and nearly 9,000 stars on GitHub, cert-manager was accepted into the CNCF (Cloud Native Computing Foundation) in 2020. The Jetstack team continues to maintain the project, achieving over 70% of all code commits.

Bates continues, “In Kubernetes and OpenShift clusters, unique trusted machine identities are needed across the stack to enable secure north-south and east-west communications and to provide the identity foundations for security checks. precise authorization. The open source cert-manager project makes it easy and fast for developers to deliver software that is secure by default, allowing all machine identities to be managed. With over 5.6 million Kubernetes developers worldwide, it should come as no surprise that cert-manager is downloaded millions of times per day. It is clearly the de facto standard for managing and securing machine identities in cloud-native environments. We are excited to maintain and invest in this critical project in the open source ecosystem.”


cert-manager on GitHub

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About Venafi and Jetstack

Venafi is the cybersecurity market leader in machine identity management. From ground to cloud, Venafi solutions manage and protect the identities of all types of machines, from physical and IoT devices to software applications, APIs and containers. Venafi provides global visibility, lifecycle automation, and actionable insights for all types of machine identities and their associated security and reliability risks.

Jetstack, a Venafi company, is a strategic consulting and cloud-native products company working with enterprises using Kubernetes and OpenShift.

An open source pioneer, Jetstack has achieved notable industry recognition as the creator of cert-manager, the open source industry standard for cloud-native machine identity management. Jetstack’s open source products and solutions protect the application environments and platform infrastructure of global banks, multinational retailers and defense organizations by providing platform and security teams with the power to build, scale and secure their cloud infrastructure.

With more than 30 patents, Venafi provides innovative machine identity management solutions for the most demanding and security-conscious organizations and government agencies, including the top five US health insurers; the five major US airlines; the four major credit card issuers; three of the four major accounting and consulting firms; four of the top five US retailers; and the top four banks in each of the following countries: the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa.


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