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On Tuesday, SaltStack, the creators of intelligent automation for IT operations and security teams, announced the general availability of SaltStack Protect. SaltStack Protect is for automated discovery and remediation of security vulnerabilities across web-scale infrastructure.

It is a new product available in the SaltStack SecOps family of products and is an addition to SaltStack Comply. SaltStack Comply automates the work of continuous compliance and has been updated with new CIS Benchmark content and a new SDK for the creation of custom security checks.

The SaltStack SecOps products provides a collaborative platform for both security and IT operations teams to help customers break down organizational silos, offset security and IT skills gaps and talent shortages.

“The massive amount of coordination and work required to actually fix thousands of infrastructure security vulnerabilities as quickly as possible is daunting. Vulnerability assessment and management tools require integrated and automated remediation to close the loop on IT security.

SaltStack Protect gives security operations teams the power to control, optimize, and secure the entirety of their IT infrastructure while helping teams collaborate to mitigate risk.” said Marc Chenn, SaltStack CEO.

Key features in SaltStack Protect

As per the team, SaltStack Protect automates the remediation of vulnerabilities by delivering closed-loop workflows to scan, detect, prioritize, and fix critical security threats. Other capabilities include:

  • Native CVE scanning – SaltStack Protect scans for both on-premise and cloud systems to detect threats based on more than 12,000 CVEs across operating systems and infrastructure.
  • Intelligent vulnerability prioritization – To assess and prioritize threats for remediation, SaltStack collects real-time data on the configuration state of every asset in an environment and combines it with vulnerability information from SaltStack Protect to accurately differentiate vulnerabilities that are exploitable from those that are not.
  • Automated remediation – SaltStack Protect brings the power of automation to SecOps teams with an API-first solution that scans IT systems for vulnerabilities and then provides out-of-the-box automation workflows to remediate them.

As per the company, SaltStack SecOps products are built on SaltStack enterprise delivering a single platform for frictionless collaboration between security and IT teams. This resulted in users having a 95% decrease in the time required to find and fix critical vulnerabilities.

While traditional security scanning tools report vulnerabilities that operations teams must investigate, prioritize, test, fix, and then report back to security. SaltStack eliminates nearly all the manual steps associated with vulnerability remediation, potentially saving time, resources, and redundant tools to protect against critical vulnerabilities.

SaltStack is used by many IT operations, DevOps and site reliability engineering organizations around the world such as IBM Cloud, eBay, and TD Bank.

If you are interested to know more about this news, check out their official blog post. Additionally SaltStack Comply and SaltStack Protect are also available via subscription and you can schedule a trial demo too.

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