Wiz CEO on the Need to Consolidate Cloud Security TechnologyAssaf Rappaport on Joining Cloud Detection, Vulnerability and Misconfiguration Data
The cloud security market landscape has long been fragmented, and different vendors attempt to separately address containers, serverless and vulnerabilities, says Wiz CEO Assaf Rappaport.
Consolidating detection, vulnerability and misconfiguration data in a single place reduces the noise for clients and allows an effective cloud security platform to be built, Rappaport says. In addition, the cloud has revolutionized the way security issues get addressed: Security teams are limited to finding the problem or risk, and developers actually solve or remediate the issue, he says (see: How to Mitigate Emerging Security Threats Against the Cloud).
"What helped us reach this $100 million annual recurring revenue milestone in such a fast way is thinking about the cloud security problem as a platform," Rappaport says. "Our approach to the market is: Bring all the signals into one place, reduce the noise, build trust with the developers and the DevOps teams, and bring them only what's top of mind or important for them."
In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Rappaport also discusses:
- Why clients prefer a pure-play CNAPP such as Wiz to a broad security platform;
- Why Wiz's agentless approach is better than an agent-based approach;
- Why posture management should be oriented around data, not the cloud.
Rappaport co-founded Wiz and has led the company since February 2020. Prior to that, he was a co-founder at cloud access security broker Adallom and served as its CEO for nearly three years until it was acquired by Microsoft in September 2015. Rappaport then served as general manager of Microsoft's cloud security group for over four years until leaving to establish Wiz. Before Adallom, he was with McKinsey & Company in Israel and Australia for two years, focused mainly on strategy projects in sectors such as telecom and finance. He served as a captain in the intelligence unit of the Israel Defense Forces and managed interdisciplinary high-risk projects, balancing complex requirements with leading R&D teams.