Industry First: oak9 Validates Terraform and Cloud Formation IaC’s Simultaneously

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Native validation of Cloud Formation code allows oak9 customers to use multi-cloud, multi-IaC strategy, finding security and compliance gaps pre-deployment

Photo of oak9's Security as Code Platform, Architecture Lens dashboard, displaying results of Terraform and Cloud Formation Infrastructure as Code (IaC) simultaneously.

oak9's Security as Code Platform validating Terraform and Cloud Formation Infrastructure as Code (IaC) Simultaneously

We're empowering customers to start security left as early as possible in their software development lifecycle. This allows them to find and fix security issues pre-deployment, reducing risk before it's even created.

More organizations are maturing their cloud stature by taking on multi-cloud and multi-Infrastructure as Code (IaC) environments. A security talent shortage underscores the demand for engineers, architects, or multiple vendors to manage those environments.

oak9, the developer-first leader in IaC security, has made the challenge easier. oak9 now natively supports AWS Cloud Formation and is the first in the industry to provide integrated multi-IaC validation support. Current and prospective customers who write, build, and deploy IaC in Cloud Formation, or in tandem with Terraform, can now natively leverage the powerful capabilities of oak9’s Security as Code platform.

oak9 is tool agnostic so customers can use their tools of choice across Infrastructure as Code languages, cloud providers, code repositories, continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD), workflow tools, and more.

“Security teams are struggling to keep up with the demands of constantly evolving architectures. They need automation to build secure and compliant cloud workloads that can scale quickly to match the pace of cloud adoption,” said Om Vyas, Chief Product Officer and Co-founder at oak9. “With our new Cloud Formation support, we're empowering customers to start security left as early as possible in their software development lifecycle. This allows them to find and fix security issues pre-deployment, reducing risk before it's even created.”

oak9’s leading Security as Code platform leverages blueprints that dynamically update to assess the current, real-time state of cloud environments as changes are made to architecture and Infrastructure as Code, such as Cloud Formation. As changes and updates occur in Cloud Formation, or other connected AWS resources defined in Cloud Formation, oak9’s software platform ingests, analyzes, validates, and remediates security and compliance gaps in Cloud Formation code automatically, directly within developer toolsets, such as code repos or CI/CD tools.

“We are in the midst of a significant shift as customers move away from traditional security frameworks and adopt cloud native approaches,” said Vyas. “This requires understanding how developers work, how they think, and what drives them. We focus on providing our customers with powerful capabilities that help alleviate operational burdens so teams can quickly build secure applications with confidence.”

Learn more about how oak9’s platform easily secures cloud native architectures.

About oak9

oak9 secures cloud native infrastructure for developers. oak9 Security as Code continuously finds, analyzes, and remediates security and compliance issues in real-time, as changes occur in infrastructure as code (IaC) and deployed cloud workloads. oak9’s proprietary Security as Code (SaC) blueprints support 20-plus compliance standards out-of-the-box including HIPAA, HITRUST, PCI, SOC2, and ISO27001. oak9’s open-sourced Security as Code also enables security engineers to extend oak9 security blueprints for additional guard rails. Headquartered in Chicago, oak9 is a Built in 2022 Start-up to Watch backed by investors Menlo Ventures, HPA, Cisco Investments, and Morgan Stanley’s Next Level Fund. oak9 partners with HashiCorp, AWS, and Microsoft, and actively supports the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP). Keep in touch with oak9 on LinkedIn, Twitter, Youtube, and TikTok, or visit

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