Cloud security provider Evident.io grabs In-Q-Tel backing

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Evident.io, an automated security and compliance platform for public clouds, announced a partnership Thursday with intelligence community investor In-Q-Tel.

According to Evident.io, this partnership opens the door for U.S. intelligence agencies to maintain Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program compliance while transitioning to Amazon Web Services.

In-Q-Tel — essentially the venture capital arm of the CIA — will work with Evident.io to advance development to allow the IC to securely use AWS environments and deploy FedRamp High compliant architectures “quickly and confidently.”

Specific details of the partnership were not disclosed.

“The company’s agentless approach helps Amazon/AWS customers ensure compliant configurations and policy settings across thousands of accounts and all AWS services and is a key requirement to effective security compliance and auditing,” George Hoyem, managing partner of investments for In-Q-Tel, said in a press release. “The ability to manage and track security compliance within a dynamic and highly elastic cloud compute environment like AWS is a capability gap that Evident.io helps satisfy for IQT partners.”

“We’re looking to make lives better by taking away the low-hanging fruit issues,” Evident.io CEO Tim Prendergast told FedScoop of the partnership.

Prendergast emphasized that the installation of AWS services throughout the IC would be “very empowering for government, because it takes a lot of manual processing out of the way.”

He added that the partnership would allow for delivering a uniform platform interface for agencies that use the cloud, ultimately “sharing security intelligence and capability built by one agency with all agencies in the IC,” which would allow them to “operate as an actual community.”

Former CIA CTO Doug Wolfe spoke on the IC’s movement towards private-sector integration in 2014.

“Our ability to access this and use this kind of innovation on the classified side is going to be a tremendous advantage for us,” Wolfe said, referencing the IC’s adoption of AWS services.

This agreement comes after Evident.io raised $22 million in Series C funding in February, bringing the cloud infrastructure security provider’s total resources to $49 million since its launch in 2013.

Evident.io is also backed by GV (formerly Google Ventures), Bain Capital, True Ventures and Venrock.

Cassandra Stephenson contributed to this report.

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