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Sonatype: Planting Innovative Seeds in the Land of Cybersecurity Defenses

Published: June 05, 2012 09:28


For one Maryland company, creating security software is second nature.

Sonatype, a Silver Spring-based company, was selected as a finalist for “Most Innovative Company” at the 2012 RSA Conference in San Francisco.

“We are honored to have been selected….. It’s a reflection of the value that our company is creating for our customers, and the hard work of all our talented employees…,” said Larry Roshfeld, Executive Vice President at Sonatype.

The company was founded by Jason van Zyl in 2008, based on two open-source softwares: the Apache Maven build system and the Central Repository. Apache Maven has a global user community of more than four million. Meanwhile, the Central Repository houses more than 300,000 components and receives over four billion requests annually, making it one of the most widely accessed services on the web.

“Open source components have become the foundation of modern software development because they allow developers to deliver applications more quickly and with higher quality,” said Wayne Jackson, CEO of Sonatype.

During the RSA Conference, Sonatype demonstrated one of its products at the CyberMaryland booth. The company featured Sonatype Insight, a new line of software tools and information services, which allows organizations to build better quality and more secure software applications, cost-efficiently and effectively.

“As more and more software is built by reusing existing components, there is an increasing need for greater visibility into those components,” said Roshfeld.

With seven million people using its technology everyday, Sonatype plans to continue its track of innovation in Maryland and around the world.

The company’s upcoming goals include adding new features to its products, increasing its scope of information feeds, and delivering tighter integration with existing products and processes within development organizations.

“Maryland has always been known as the home of top caliber technology companies, particularly in the security space, and we are pleased to be a part of that community,” said Roshfeld.

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