Apiiro Sets Diamond Standard for ASPM With New Partnership Program

In this interview, we welcome John Leon, VP of Partnerships at Apiiro to explore the transformative impact of Application Security Posture Management (ASPM) on application security automation and discuss Apiiro’s innovative solutions that bolster cloud application security, including the unique features of New Partnership Program, ‘SHINE ‘. 

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John, can you tell us a little more about your background before joining Apiiro?

Thank you for the opportunity, Dana. I’m excited to share my extensive industry experience, which spans over 20 years. During this time, I’ve had the privilege of working with industry leaders like HP and Intel, honing my skills in product management and marketing. My journey took an exciting turn during my six-year tenure at VMware, where I developed a deep passion for collaboration through ecosystem work.

After VMware, I joined the startup scene. I found it exhilarating and haven’t looked back. My focus has mainly been on startups in the DevSecOps space, specializing in developer and operations tooling. 

For the past three years, I’ve had the honor of being part of the Apiiro team, where I’ve been able to embark on yet another thrilling journey in the tech industry. 

John Leon
VP of Partnerships at Apiiro

Could you share some insights into the origins of ASPM and its significance in today’s tech ecosystem? What makes Apiiro’s approach unique?

The ASPM journey is rooted in the urgent need to automate and streamline security processes in the face of rapid software development evolution. While developers and operations teams thrive on automation, security engineers often find themselves burdened with manual tasks. ASPM steps in as a vital solution, effectively bridging this gap by providing automated risk identification, prioritization, and remediation. This ensures that security seamlessly integrates into the DevOps pipeline, a pivotal aspect of modern software development.

At Apiiro, we go beyond the conventional by facilitating seamless communication between security, development, and operations teams. Our approach empowers organizations to navigate security challenges with agility and efficacy, ensuring robust security postures across the entire software development lifecycle.

Apiiro recently unveiled its New Partnership Program, “SHINE.” Could you elaborate on how this program enhances Apiiro’s ASPM platform and fosters collaboration with third-party vendors?

We’re excited to announce the evolution of our partner program, which focuses more on technology partnerships, introducing Apiro SHINE, which stands for consistent, holistic, interconnected, vendor-neutral, and enriched.

Our ASPM platform is 100% open, allowing seamless integration with various technologies across categories like container security, cloud, CMDB, and API runtime security via API. Over the past two years, we’ve learned from our customers and built numerous integrations with tech partners, which we’re now productizing and opening up to many more partners.

Apiiro’s partner engineering team excels at building integrations quickly, scaling them, and evolving them in collaboration with partners. While our previous partner program focused on resellers and referral partners, this evolution emphasizes technology partnerships, marking a significant step forward.

Do you have any insights for the companies that are unsure whether they should leverage ASPM? 

ASPM adoption is imperative for organizations seeking to fortify their security postures early in the development lifecycle. Apiiro facilitates this transition by offering a comprehensive solution that integrates seamlessly with existing tooling, maximizing operational efficiency and risk mitigation. Our commitment to empowering organizations with cutting-edge security solutions underscores our dedication to helping them navigate the complex cybersecurity landscape with confidence.

How do you envision ASPM evolving in response to AI advancements, and what role does Apiiro play in shaping this future?

As AI becomes increasingly prevalent in technology, ASPM is poised to adopt AI-driven advancements in security. At Apiiro, we foresee ASPM utilizing AI to identify and counter emerging threats actively, strengthening organizations’ resilience against cyber attacks. We aim to pioneer this integration, ensuring ASPM remains at the forefront of cybersecurity innovation.

John, thank you for your time and guidance in navigating the intricacies of cloud application security posture. It’s been an absolute pleasure!