SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Peerlyst announces the kickoff of an exciting new initiative designed to spur the development of tools that help information security professionals succeed in their daily critical work. The company will pay up to $10,000 to InfoSec experts working to improve an existing open-source solution, or to create a new tool that will make the management of security easier for thousands of professionals. In addition to financial support, when appropriate, the company will connect tool-developers with other experts who can offer perspective and advice to help their efforts succeed.
Peerlyst founder and CEO Limor Elbaz says the sponsorship program addresses a gap in the security market. "There is lots of VC money to fund 'big deal' security products that can be sold commercially, but very little is offered for the development of solutions that can make an ever bigger difference by helping people on the job every day," she observes. "These are not products to build a whole company around, but they can go a long way to serve the starved security market, whether it's a tool for pen-testing, applying patches, or securely controlling a device. VCs don't sponsor that kind of development, and if it's sponsored by a security pro's employer, chances are that company won't allow the code to be open source."
Elbaz adds, "Some InfoSec pros use their free time to develop problem-solving tools, but let's face it: most security professionals are already overloaded—they don't have free time to create tools. Even security companies aren't doing much, since they're generally focused on fulfilling customer contracts, not building tools."
To tackle this problem, Peerlyst will sponsor security professionals using their expertise and time to build solutions that will benefit the wider community. "The kind of people we want to help are the security experts who see a need that crops up in their day-to-day work, create a fix, then want to share it with others," she says. "I'm really excited about this initiative, which fits in perfectly with our vision of making security pros' jobs easier."
Indeed, Peerlyst has been encouraging the development and sharing of security solutions since the company was founded. Some that are currently available on the site are:
- PeerSource Budget, a crowdsourced security budgeting tool
- A tool for configuring WarBerry Pi
- Resources for building and running an SOC
- And resources for car hacking and security
To read the Peerlyst post announcing the tool-sponsorship initiative, go here:
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