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Machine Identity Management Development Fund Adds Indie Developers Program

Machine Identity Management Development Fund Adds Indie Developers Program

November 11, 2020 | Bridget Hildebrand

Today Venafi launches the Indie Developers Program. As a part of the Machine Identity Management Development Fund, the program pays individual developers for innovative, open-source machine identity projects.

Venafi recognizes the unique contribution individual developers make to the open-source community, and this new program will provide Venafi customers with cutting edge solutions from the innovative developers in the machine identity management space. By participating in the Indie Developers Program, individual developers receive direct sponsorship from Venafi to work on projects that matter to them and the community. The Indie Developer Program will fast track and prioritize projects that protect the machine identities found in microservices, service mesh and multi-cloud environments.

This is one more way Venafi is demonstrating support for the open-source community. We recognize that some of the most interesting, risk-taking and innovative work being done are from individual experts who are close to the emerging problems in the cloud-native world. We want to encourage developers to work on projects they love and care about, and ultimately, our program helps Venafi customers and the open-source community as a whole. This new program builds on previous commitments Venafi has delivered to the open-source community through our sponsorship and the recent merger with Jetstack, as well as sponsorships for Fullstaq, Pulumi, OpenFaaS, Indellient, OpenCredo, Portshift (now part of Cisco) and dozens more.”

Welcome to our first Indie Devs

Venafi is excited to have this inaugural group of Indie Developers joining the Development Fund. Meet them here and learn about the machine identity management challenges they are tackling:

  • Haresh Singh Kainth, PhD. Kubernetes is considered the de-facto operating system for orchestrating containers in the cloud. However, there are few controls for interservice communication, and the ability to identify bad actors is an impossible task for humans. Dr. Kainth’s Indie Dev project is building a behavior-based continuous authorization service. The project controls mesh behavior across services running within the environment for real-time authorization. Dr. Kainth is based in the United Kingdom.
  • Hongli Lai.  VCert is the easiest and fastest way for developers to get started with machine identity management. It was built first for Go with features added later for Java, Python and Ruby. Java is the most common enterprise language used by the Global 5000, where it’s used to develop integrations with popular DevOps applications, including Jira to Jenkins. Lai’s Indie Dev project is extending VCert to include many of the popular features needed by developers that are available in VCert Go. Lai is based in the Netherlands.
  • Ryan Prior. It can be difficult for developers to use good security practices when establishing connections between services and users. However, security practices are particularly important for developers in designing services across clouds, external locations and their local networks. Prior’s Indie Dev project Authasaurus addresses this challenge for developers and provides a fast, easy guardian to protect and connect applications. Integrated with Venafi Trust Protection Platform and DevOpsACCELERATE, Authasaurus will automatically provision a TLS certificate at the intended ingress/exposed endpoint. Prior is based in Wisconsin.
  • Sigurdur (Siggi) Darri Skulason. Kubernetes solves many container problems, including those that impact application deployment, scaling, management and more. However, Kubernetes does not solve problems relating to observability, traffic management, secure communications and connectivity. Service mesh implements high performance, low latency, built-in certificate authorities (CAs), but these CAs operate without oversight of InfoSec teams. This disconnect can create friction and uncertainty for InfoSec teams, who are pressured to support broad service mesh deployments. In response to these issues, Skulason is building a fast, easy source of machine identities at service mesh performance and latency. With Skulason’s In-Memory CA for service mesh, developers will have an integrated source of machine identities with Venafi policy and oversight. Skulason is based in the United Kingdom. 

“As a member of the open-source community, I was excited to be the first developer to join Venafi’s ‘Indie Devs’ program, which is a part of the Machine Identity Management Development Fund,” said Siggi Skulason. “My project has to do with providing a fast and easy source of machine identities using an in-memory CA which integrates with Venafi solutions for policy management and oversight. I’ve really enjoyed the experience of working with the industry experts at Venafi and have benefited greatly from the financial, technical and marketing support I have had access to through this program.”

The Indie Developer Fund is a part of Venafi’s Machine Identity Management Development Fund. The Fund encourages recipients to build integrations that deliver greater visibility, intelligence and automation across any technology that creates or consumes machine identities, including:

  • Cloud and hybrid cloud infrastructure
  • DevOps
  • Containerization
  • Secure Shell (SSH)
  • Code signing
  • Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
  • Artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data analytics
  • IoT
  • Blockchain-distributed ledger technology

This blog features solutions from the ever-growing Venafi Ecosystem, where industry leaders are building and collaborating to protect more machine identities across organizations like yours. Learn more about how the Venafi Technology Network is evolving above and beyond just technical integrations.


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Bridget Hildebrand
Bridget Hildebrand

Bridget is Sr. Manager, Ecosystem Marketing at Venafi. She has over 20 years of experience managing technology partnerships and global channel programs for a broad range of technology organizations.

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