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DevSecOps Firm Spectral Emerges From Stealth With $6.2 Million in Funding

DevSecOps company Spectral on Wednesday emerged from stealth mode with $6.2 million in seed funding from Israeli venture capital firms Amiti and MizMaa.

Spectral is based in Tel Aviv, Israel, and it was founded in mid-2020 by Dotan Nahum, who will serve as the company’s CEO, Lior Reuven, Uri Shamay and Idan Didi.

SpectralSpectral says it has developed a solution that is designed to help organizations quickly and easily find potentially costly security-related issues — such as unintentional exposure of internal API keys and passwords — in code, configurations and other developer assets, without disrupting workflows.

The solution uses a set of detectors that is continuously expanded, being able to scan any programming language. Customers can also build their own detectors using a purpose-built query language named SPEQL.

Spectral works with many developer systems and it can be integrated with tools such as Jenkins, Travis and CircleCI, as well as plugins for products and frameworks such as Netlify, Webpack and Gatsby. The company says the customer’s code and other assets are never sent outside their perimeter.

“Scanning tools today take long minutes or even hours to run in a given pipeline,” Nahum said. “Developers just don’t have that kind of time, or the funds (many CI providers meter by the minute). Some developers are so overwhelmed by slow, irrelevant, and non-intuitive results that they stop using scanners altogether. There’s an obvious need for a robust yet simple, fast yet extensive product that’s developer-first and won’t slow down DevSecOps and CI/CD pipelines.”

Spectral claims its platform is already used by some major organizations.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.