To address these requirements, Michael Fraser, a former cybersecurity engineer in the US Air Force with vast experience in the operations side of IT, cofounded Refactr IT, Inc. Headquartered in Seattle, Refactr is committed to helping IT teams break down the barriers and carry out functions just like traditional DevOps teams. Refactr’s team understands that the core IT elements are becoming more agile and code-centric, therefore, it is necessary for IT teams to manage these elements using a simple UI frontend. With Refactr, a system admin can now create automation pipelines using simple drag and drop options.
“We have built a radically simple DevSecOps platform to enable various IT teams to create automation pipelines using their existing DevOps and security automation tools.” says Fraser, co-founder, CEO, and Chief Architect of Refactr. The automation pipelines can be mapped onto the tools in their native format.
Although companies of all sizes in different industries can benefit from the Refactr platform, managed security service providers (MSSPs), in particular, can take their value to the next level by visually designing complex service environments. The result is a highly secure environment where IT operations are automated based on the data shared through APIs. In a case study, an MSSP wanted to automate their offerings using APIs and Ansible as well as deploy Kubernetes internally. With the Refactr platform, the client was able to help their internal DevOps engineers and developers build automation pipelines.
We have built a radically simple DevSecOps platform to enable various IT teams to create automation pipelines using their existing DevOps and security automation tools
This outcome allowed other IT teams of the client to execute their strategies within the platform automatically; automated tickets, security alerts and proactive decision making became a new normal across teams.
A combination of Refactr and DevOps tools such as Ansible and Terraform has proven to be beneficial for security solution providers. For example when Fortinet began using Refactr, it no longer needed to provide experts or detailed training programs for its clients to gain the ROI on their Fortinet investments. “Thus, our platform helps solution providers improve the value of their offerings,” adds Fraser.
Currently, the US Air Force is working closely with Refactr to build automation pipelines for its Platform One, a Department of Defense (DoD) Enterprise DevSecOps Services platform. Through this program, the Air Force will streamline its infrastructure management and introduce DevOps and managed security functionality into multiple DoD programs. As for the future, Refactr aims to solidify its position in the enterprise and government markets. It also plans to introduce a roll-your-own version of the platform with Kubernetes to cater to the DoD and enterprise clients.