Snyk launches in South Africa

Issue 2 2021 News, Cyber Security

Snyk, a provider of cloud-native application security that enables software-driven businesses to develop fast and stay secure, is officially launching in South Africa.

Blazing trails around integrating security with development at scale, Snyk’s Cloud Native Application Security Platform is a new approach for developers, security professionals and business leaders. If an organisation enables excellence and market differentiation through software – and this distinction applies to virtually all modern companies – Snyk provides the platform to continually deliver secure development products that speak directly to the developer experience, integrate the company's security policies and posture, and align with the best in security practices.

Snyk solves a serious problem for modern companies increasingly investing in digital transformation projects. How apps are fundamentally created has evolved and now often involves assembling components from a variety of internal and external sources, including open source software. Instead of ‘throwing their code over the wall’, developers retain ownership of their work while collaborating closely with operations, the nexus known as DevOps. This arrangement delivers development products at pace and scale in a world where software updates have accelerated from a few annually to several in a day.

But this traditional approach undoubtedly compounds already existing security issues. Too often, security became an afterthought, applied near the end of the development cycle. This is unrealistic, leading to two outcomes: development either grinds to a halt as it tries to meet security requirements, or the code is released without the necessary security baked in.

Including security from the start

The evolution of DevOps, DevSecOps, addresses this specific issue, yet challenges remain. (DevSecOps automatically bakes in security at every phase of the software development lifecycle, enabling development of secure software at the speed of Agile and DevOps – learn more at

Development teams are not security experts and even a security audit report can be useless to help them fix concerns. Security teams are overstretched and cannot keep pace alongside the development cycle. Compounding matters, development teams often outsize security teams and the subsequent gap causes a loss of productivity.

Snyk is a platform for developers. It looks like a development tool and engages developers on their level. Snyk is also a security expert hub, both collaborating with the security world and conducting proprietary research in numerous guises. These discoveries are fed into the Snyk platform for developers to take immediate control of security problems in code and address them, even if they aren't well-versed in security themselves.

Since Snyk integrates across the system’s development lifecycle, security teams gain full visibility, auditing and reporting capabilities. But it goes beyond that. Snyk involves the entire organisation, fostering a collaborative environment that connects development, security and business value into one continuum.

Said Ethan Schechter, vice president of sales for Snyk in the EMEA region: “As 2021 begins our next chapter of growth in EMEA, we’re excited to launch in South Africa. Home to thousands of developers, South Africa is an EMEA hub for innovation and we look forward to bringing our differentiated approach to this market to ultimately allow South African developers to continue to develop fast, while also staying secure.”

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