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Israeli Startup WhiteSource Offers Open Source Security Solutions

The company just raised $75 million.

WhiteSource is an Israeli cybersecurity startup which offers services for open source security and management, The company raised $75 million in Series D funding led by Pitango Growth, with participation by existing investors M12, Susquehanna Growth Equity, and 83North. WhiteSource’s total funding to date is now $121.2 million.

Founded in 2011, WhiteSource helps businesses all over the world to develop better software by harnessing the power of open source.Open source components, a significant and important part of commercial software today, are often substantially under-managed.

Have you ever heard of Linux? It’s an open source operating system which computer aficionados and hobbyists prefer to use over Microsoft’s Windows system. Why is that? Being open source anyone can see its code; it’s open so nothing is hidden from users. As such users can add to it or change it in any way they wish. They can also program anything they like for use with an open source program without having to adhere to any company imposed limitations.

OpenOffice and Firefox are two examples of programs which re open sourced. Their users can do whatever they want with them without worrying about copyright infringements. And most importantly, open source means free. But it also means lack of secrecy and security, making it easier for hackers to break in to a system which relies on it.

This is where a company like WhiteSource come in. It fully automates the entire process of open source components selection, approval, tracking and management, including real-time alerts on vulnerable and problematic open source components, customized reports, enforcing policies automatically and more.

WhiteSource guarantees the continuity and integrity of open source management and reduces respective risks. WhiteSource provides a complete solution that supports all programming languages. The solution seamlessly plugs into all popular build tools.

WhiteSource is a venture-backed company with offices in NY, Boston and Tel-Aviv.

“Application security needs have gone beyond just detection to include continuous prioritization and prevention, as demonstrated by recent software supply chain attacks,” said Rami Sass, Co-Founder and CEO of WhiteSource. “This investment brings us closer to creating a future where the cycle of application delivery is always a step ahead of any security risk, and where developers are easily equipped with code they can trust.”

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