Fugue, the company empowering engineers to build and operate secure cloud systems, cites product innovation, growing awareness of cloud misconfiguration risk, and the engineer-led movement to address cloud security with engineering solutions as its primary drivers for growth in 2019. In the past year, the company introduced several innovations to its award-winning cloud security product, gained significant new customers, and contributed two new open source projects for cloud infrastructure policy as code tooling. Engineer empowerment and education will continue to serve as the pillars of the company’s product roadmap and growth strategy in 2020. Engineering Solutions for Cloud Security The number one cause of cloud data breaches is infrastructure misconfiguration The number one cause of cloud data breaches is infrastructure misconfiguration, whether due to human error or a lack of effective controls. Since engineers build and operate their cloud infrastructure, they own the security of that infrastructure. Fugue empowers cloud engineers to identify and remediate misconfiguration vulnerabilities in their AWS (Amazon Web Services) and Microsoft Azure environments before malicious actors can find and exploit them. In 2019, the company merged its two products—Fugue Platform and Fugue Risk Manager—into a unified Software as a Service (SaaS) solution that delivers dynamic cloud infrastructure visualisation tools and advanced cloud security and compliance capabilities. Fugue helps developers “shift left” to incorporate security early in the software development life cycle (SDLC), and access robust compliance assurance and reporting capabilities for custom enterprise rules and out-of-the-box compliance standards such as CIS Foundations Benchmark for AWS and Azure, GDPR, HIPAA, ISO 27001, NIST 800-53, PCI-DSS, SOC 2, and Fugue Best Practices. Fugue Developer At AWS re:Invent 2019, the company launched Fugue Developer, a free tier that provides individual engineers with the tools they need to build and operate securely in highly dynamic and regulated cloud environments. Unlike most cloud security solutions that can require weeks of implementation time, engineers can get up and running with Fugue rapidly, often in about 15 minutes. Fugue won the 2019 CyberSecurity Breakthrough Award for IaaS Security Solution of the Year for the second year in a row. Adoption of Open Policy Agent (OPA) Fugue strongly supports the open source community by promoting the adoption of Open Policy Agent Fugue continued to demonstrate its strong support of the open source community by promoting the adoption of Open Policy Agent (OPA) and Rego language for validating cloud infrastructure for policy compliance. Fugue announced OPA as the policy as code engine for its SaaS solution and continues to introduce additional open source tools that use OPA, including Regula, which validates Terraform infrastructure as code for policy compliance, and Fregot, which improves the developer experience working with Rego. Policies developed for Regula are portable with Fugue’s custom policy capabilities. Significant New Customers and Growth “It’s only January, but we know that 2020 will bring more of the same cloud misconfiguration threats and security challenges to organisations across all industries,” said Josh Stella, co-founder and CTO of Fugue. “They must contend with an ever-growing number of increasingly sophisticated misconfiguration attacks, but as we’ve been seeing, when cloud engineers understand misconfiguration risk and are empowered with innovative tools to address them, these challenges can be overcome.” In 2019, Fugue, attracted a significant number of industry-leading new customers to its unified SaaS solution, including AT&T, SAP, Manitoba Blue Cross, A+E Networks, TravelBank, RedVentures, SparkPost, GlobalGiving, A|L Media, TurningTechnologies, EMSI, GoGuardian, New Light Technologies, PublicRelay, and a large financial services institution. “Fugue dramatically shortened the amount of time the customer needed to enable developers to provision AWS infrastructure as well as to ensure compliance to policy.”- SAP "Fugue is helping us achieve better integration and collaboration between our development, security, and compliance teams to ensure compliance and shift left on enforcing additional compliance standards."- Manuel Solis, Senior Security Infrastructure Engineer, TrueCar "I may spend half a day standing up a new product, and it's still sort of opaque about what direct value they offer. But five minutes after I signed up for Fugue, I could scan an account and see what was not in compliance and what had drifted."- Dave Williams, Cloud Architect, New Light Technologies Building awareness of cloud misconfiguration attacks 2019 was the year that cloud exploits graduated from simple misconfiguration attacks to significantly more advanced methods, resulting in high profile breaches against organisations widely recognised as cloud security leaders. The Fugue team invested in creating educational resources and programs to help engineers and organisations understand cloud misconfiguration risk and address their cloud security and compliance challenges. For example, the Fugue Best Practices Framework helps cloud engineering and security teams identify and remediate dangerous cloud resource misconfigurations that aren’t addressed by common compliance frameworks.
Fugue, the company delivering autonomous cloud infrastructure security and compliance, has announced its support for Open Policy Agent (OPA), an open source general-purpose policy engine and language for cloud infrastructure. Fugue is leveraging OPA and Rego, OPA’s declarative policy language, for cloud infrastructure policy-as-code to provide customers with maximum flexibility when implementing their custom enterprise policies. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) accepted OPA as an incubation-level hosted project in April 2019. Focus of OPA has been on developing access policies for Kubernetes, while Fugue is driving the adoption of OPA Open Policy Agent on access policies While much of the focus of OPA has been on developing access policies for Kubernetes, Fugue is driving the adoption of OPA to address a wider variety of use cases for securing cloud environments on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, including the application of common compliance frameworks to full cloud infrastructure stacks. The Fugue team has developed tools and enhancements to improve OPA’s developer experience. Fugue has provided many of these enhancements to the OPA open source project, and will continue to do so. Enhancing enterprise security Fugue has also added support to its product for customer-defined rules written using OPA and Rego. This sets Fugue apart from all other cloud infrastructure policy management solutions that rely on proprietary and inflexible rule languages that lock-in customers and are incompatible with other policy languages used elsewhere in the enterprise. Fugue also uses OPA to provide out-of-the-box support for commonly used compliance frameworks including CIS Foundations Benchmarks, GDPR, HIPAA, ISO 27001, NIST 800-53, PCI, and SOC 2. Cloud infrastructure policies Fugue has been developing policy-as-code solutions for some time, and now we’re offering an open source solution"“It’s very simple to build custom policies for our cloud infrastructure environments and validate those configurations pre-deployment using OPA and Fugue,” said Dave Williams, cloud architect and senior consultant at New Light Technologies. “Fugue simplifies the implementation and enforcement of custom cloud infrastructure policies we’ve written using OPA and helps us prove compliance at all times.” “Fugue has been developing policy-as-code solutions for some time, and now we’re offering an easy-to-use, open source solution for writing policies for cloud infrastructure,” said Phillip Merrick, CEO of Fugue. Cloud security He adds, “Our customers can use the same open language for defining their cloud infrastructure policies in Fugue that they are using for other enterprise policy needs. This eliminates the need to learn other vendors’ proprietary, inflexible policy languages.” Fugue’s custom rules capabilities that leverage OPA enable users to: Build and manage custom, user-defined cloud infrastructure rules in OPA Rego via the Fugue API, CLI, and web interface Validate and test custom rules while they are being written with helpful errors that save time Continuously validate and report on compliance for custom rules and out-of-the-box policy frameworks Security rule evaluations “Fugue is running millions of security rule evaluations every day using OPA, so we've put a lot of work into improving performance and developer tooling and will be contributing all of that back to the open source community,” said Josh Stella, co-founder and CTO of Fugue. Josh said, “OPA is a significant development for policy-as-code, and Fugue is fully committed to supporting and contributing to it.”