Hewlett Packard Enterprise purchased security startup Scytale

Hewlett Packard Enterprise purchased security startup Scytale
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On Monday, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced it had acquired cloud-native security firm Scytale. Founded in 2017, the startup specializes in developing tools that facilitate application-to-application access management and identification. The financial details and integration timeline of the transaction have not been disclosed.

Scytale’s History and Products

Emiliano Berenbaum, Sunil James, and Andrew Jessup established Scytale three years ago after having worked at Splunk, Amazon Web Services, and Google, respectively. The group sought to take on the challenge of making communication between applications and software services more secure. To that end, the startup developed an enterprise-grade cloud computing authentication platform.

Notably, Scytale’s founders developed their zero-trust identification and security as part of two open-source projects. The firm’s Secure Production Identity Framework for Everyone (SPIFFE) is a set of standards that Precludes the need for application-level authentication. Similarly, its SPIFFE Runtime Environment (SPIRE) system uses those standards to perform platform and workload attestation functions.

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Scytale’s innovative enterprise security products caught the attention of some high-profile investors during its short life. The company received $8 million in Series A funding from the likes of Bain Capital Ventures and Tech Operators.

Why HPE Acquired Scytale

HPE chose to acquire Scytale to beef up its edge-to-cloud security portfolio. Indeed, as virtual systems become more sophisticated, they require less and less human intervention to direct their functions. The startup’s authentication platform can play a crucial role in helping companies secure their data in the ever-evolving world of enterprise IT.

In a blog post, HPE Fellow Dave Husak noted, “We recognize that every organization that operates in a hybrid, multi-cloud environment requires 100% secure, zero trust systems, that can dynamically identify and authenticate data and applications in real-time.”

Notably, the San Jose, California based tech company said Scytale would continue developing SPIFFE and SPIRE under its stewardship.

HPE has endeavored to make itself a player in the enterprise cloud services space in the last three years. In 2017, the corporation purchased web services consulting firm Cloud Technology Partners. One year later, the firm bought another cloud consulting startup called RedPixie and software-defined datacenter company Plexxi. The company also snapped up machine learning-powered big data virtualization concern BlueData in December 2018.


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