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App Protection Platform Provider Contrast Security Launches MSSP Program

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Contrast Security has unveiled a partner program that allows MSSPs to offer its code security solutions to improve their customers' application security infrastructure, the company said.

Working with Contrast solutions provides MSSPs with an opportunity to help their customers reduce their time to value with predictable costs as they develop secure code, a company spokesperson told MSSP Alert.

Commenting on his company's MSSP program, Ben Goodman, Contrast's senior vice president of Corporate Development and Strategic Alliances, said:

"In addition to having access to our full Contrast suite of security solutions, MSSP partners will also receive sales enablement and engagement education, professional services to stand-up new platforms and help onboard customers, custom pricing models as well as a new MSSP sales toolkit. I am confident that our new MSSP program will be a game-changer for any businesses looking to expand their service offerings and increase customer engagement."

Furthermore, Contrast's MSSP program is part of its Security Innovation Alliance (SIA), which brings together all of the company's partners' capabilities to provide security solutions across the DevSecOps space, the company noted.

How Contrast's MSSP Program Works

Contrast's program provides MSSP partners with access to:

  • The Contrast Secure Code Platform, an application security platform that promotes code security across the software development lifecycle (SDLC)
  • Feedback for developers to help them secure code as they create it
  • Cloud-native development security to lock down Amazon Web Service (AWS) Lambda functions and Microsoft Azure Functions
  • Runtime Application Self Protection (RASP) that hardens an application stack against zero-day attacks and security vulnerabilities

MSSPs can join Contrast's program to include the company's solutions as a part of their managed security services suite. In doing so, they can help their customers "protect against threats at any development stage," the business said.

Contrast Builds Leadership Team

The MSSP program announcement comes after Contrast in April 2023 appointed Rick Fitz as its CEO. Fitz replaces Alan Naumann, who will remain on Contrast's board of directors and serve as the company's president while Fitz moves into the CEO role.

Fitz is expected to drive Contrast's next growth phase and extend its market leadership, the business said. Prior to joining Contrast, Fitz served as senior vice president and general manager of the IT operations and application development market group at Splunk. In this role, Fitz helped Splunk complete multiple acquisitions, launch products, develop new capabilities and generate go-to-market strategies, Contrast indicated.

Previously, Contrast in January 2023 hired former Securonix chief revenue officer Andrew Vallila as its chief revenue officer. Contrast also named cybersecurity industry veteran Tom Kellerman as its senior vice president of cyber strategy in August 2022.

Contrast offers solutions to help DevSecOps teams secure code across the SDLC. To date, Contrast has established partnerships with AWS, Microsoft and other technology companies and continues to explore partnership opportunities.

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.