Red Hat has entered into an agreement to acquire StackRox for its container and Kubernetes-native security capabilities. According to Red Hat, bringing StackRox to its container application platform OpenShift will help users build, deploy and securely run apps across the hybrid cloud from a single platform. 

In addition, Red Hat plans to use StackRox to expand and strengthen its security leadership and portfolio through Kubernetes native controls, shifting security left into container builds and the CI/CD phase, and enhancing security throughout the entire IT stack and life cycle.

“Securing Kubernetes workloads and infrastructure cannot be done in a piecemeal manner; security must be an integrated part of every deployment, not an afterthought. Red Hat adds StackRox’s Kubernetes-native capabilities to OpenShift’s layered security approach, furthering our mission to bring product-ready open innovation to every organization across the open hybrid cloud across IT footprints,” said Paul Cormier, president and CEO of Red Hat

StackRox provides visibility across Kubernetes clusters, deploys components for enforcement and deep data collection, reduces time and effort for implementing security, and streamlines security analysis, investigation and remediation, according to the company. It also comes with a policy engine for ensuring and enforcing security best practices, industry standards and configuration management. 

For developers, StackRox enables them to analyze, identify and remediate known vulnerabilities and misconfigurations For operations teams, the company includes a set of observability features for visualizing existing network connections. Lastly, security teams will benefit from StackRox’s runtime detection capabilities. 

The transaction is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2021.

“By joining Red Hat, we will be able to accelerate product innovation and achieve far greater scale, on a global level, than we would be able to achieve as an independent startup. Red Hat sees the tremendous Kubernetes security benefits our customers have enjoyed, understands how security remains a top priority, and knows that together we can further increase the value we provide to our customers,” Kamal Shah, CEO of wrote in a blog post