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Jit Emerges From Stealth To Make Security Easy For Cloud Engineers


Today’s engineering teams want to develop and deploy as fast as they can. The velocity of these teams is growing at a rapid pace. The challenge that they face is that they end up managing everything in the service — all the way from writing the service, building, deploying, testing and ensuring it runs smoothly. However, what’s not under their control is ‘securing’ the service. It falls under the ‘ownership’ of security teams. That’s where the friction starts. It slows engineering teams down. David Melamed, Co-Founder and CTO of Jit, believes that if we can move the ownership of security to engineering teams, they can maintain their velocity and have a much better experience.

However, that leads to a multitude of challenges: First of all, engineering teams are not knowledge experts and the talent is rare in terms of knowing exactly what needs to be done for security.

The second is that they also need help with the exponential number of tools and technologies out there. So they don’t know exactly what tools they need to use and how to configure them, making sure they work. There is a major gap in terms of orchestration of those tools.

And finally, most of the current processes and workflows in security are currently manual. A lot of things are still living in textbooks, in documents online, as well as in spreadsheets. And this is something that developers are not really their natural language. They prefer code. And the fact that things are not qualified yet, it actually adds a lot of complexity to that. So, if you add all these different challenges, you can think that there is a lot of work to do there, in order to help those engineering teams to secure their service.

That’s where Jit comes to the rescue with its ‘minimum viable security’ approach. In other words, it helps developers get started with security with what’s needed at minimum and then scale gradually.

“That’s one of the major things that we want to provide: built-in security plans, where you can have a list of all the things that you should start right now,” says Melamed. ”What are the tools that need to be implemented in order to meet these requirements that this plan is listing? Also, what are the things that you want in the roadmap? Once you have this whole frame and you know exactly all the areas that you want to tackle, viz. the code, the pipeline, third-party services, processes, and operations, then you’ll be in a much better place.”

Jit just came out of stealth with its ‘minimum viable security’ approach and $38.2 million in seed funding. And we sat down with Melamed to not only learn about how they are going to help engineers by making ‘security’ easy, but also what their long-term plans are. Check out my discussion with him in the video above.

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