OpsHelm: Making Cloud Environments Secure By Default
Our investment in OpsHelm
We are thrilled to announce our investment in OpsHelm and partnership with Bill Gambardella, Kyle McCullough, Bob Bregant, and Lee Brotherston. OpsHelm is building an exciting new product at the forefront of public cloud security, focusing on what practitioners care about most: fixing what matters, deploying rapidly to give teams time back, and being cost-effective.
The Pain of the Growing Cloud Migration
It’s no secret that public cloud adoption continues to accelerate. While first-movers migrated to the public cloud a decade or more ago, the vast majority of enterprises are still in the middle innings of the shift. Gartner estimates that enterprise IT spending on public cloud computing will overtake spending on traditional IT by 2025.
What is less well understood is that this shift is happening across a diverse range of capabilities beyond just storage and compute, and that this migration is happening across all segments of the market, not just at the large enterprise. Examples of newer public cloud services include capabilities like cloud data warehouses, database-as-a-service, container-as-a-service, serverless / function-as-a-service, and machine learning / AI. And while large enterprises continue to spend briskly on cloud, SMBs are now spending significantly on cloud infra as well, with 53% spending more than $1.2M per year.
As a result, securing the public cloud is a similarly critical priority for businesses. Gartner’s most recent market data on security spending indicates that Cloud Security is the fastest growing security sub-category, growing to $6.7 billion in 2023. The sheer sprawl of cloud services leaves all companies at risk of either malicious actors or non-malicious misconfiguration drift that overwhelms security ops and developers.
Automating The “Last Mile” of Cloud Bugs
Bill, Bob, Kyle, and Lee are seasoned InfoSec practitioners, advisers, and consultants. They have lived the pain of security operations from the inside, and have stepped into the breach with a solution built with the needs of the end user in mind:
Non-invasive deployment (no agents, no customer data collection)
Truly automated remediation
The result is a product that heightens the default security posture of a business, making it more resilient as it adopts more – and more diverse – public cloud infrastructure.
Taking this approach has a few specific benefits:
Customers – particularly those without a large security team footprint – can immediately and automatically reduce their attack surface and misconfiguration risk
Security operations and developers won’t be overwhelmed by “alert fatigue”
High security ROI with a small investment in both cost and time, particularly relative to other approaches that take months to tune, deploy, and maintain
In a fast-evolving category like cybersecurity, we look for teams that have deep technical and domain expertise, a differentiated approach, and a bias toward execution. We’re fortunate to have found exactly that in the OpsHelm team. They are shipping fast, listening to customers, and building for the long-term.
We’re grateful to be partner again with our good friends at Fika Ventures, and are thrilled to also be investing alongside Patrick Thompson of the Community Access Fund, and Andrew Peterson, Founder/CEO of Signal Sciences (acq. Fastly).
If you’re a security operations professional, developer, or CXO/VP-Level leader looking to automatically identify and remediate common but risky bugs in your public cloud infrastructure, reach out to the OpsHelm team today to get a demo (or ping us and we’ll get you connected!)
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