SD Times news digest: Bridgecrew’s new VS Code extension, PyTorch 1.8 released, and Lightrun debugger

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Bridgecrew has announced it is shifting cloud security left with a new solution that notifies developers about infrastructure as code (IaC) misconfigurations and policy violations early in the life cycle and directly inside their IDEs.

“While Bridgecrew’s mission is to ensure infrastructure security at every stage of the development lifecycle — from code and build, through deployment, and into runtime — the earlier you catch issues, the less headaches you’ll have later down the road,” said Barak Schoster, the CTO and co-founder of Bridgecrew. “This is shifting security as early in the lifecycle as possible, directly into the developer’s IDE where they spend most of their time.”

The extension combines policies from Bridgecrew’s open-source tool Checkov with in-line fixes enabled by Bridgecrew’s APIs. 

The new extension also supports all of the major IaC frameworks such as Terraform, CloudFormation, Kubernetes manifests, serverless framework, and Azure Resource Manager (ARM).

PyTorch 1.8 released
The new release of PyTorch 1.8 includes a compiler, distributed training updates, and new mobile tutorials. 

This new release includes Torch.fft support for high-performance NumPy style FFTs. Stable level async error/timeout handling was added to improve NCCL reliability, as well as stable support for RPC based profiling. 

There are also many new updates coming to PyTorch libraries including TorchCSPRNG, TorchVision, TorchText and TorchAudio.

Additional details on the new version are available here.

Lightrun debugger released
Lightrun can now troubleshoot bugs in zero-network connectivity environments with minimal disruptions. 

Software providers can use Lightrun to get live production data from software that’s installed on their customer’s site and eliminate the need for customers to get stuck in the troubleshooting process, according to the company.

Lightrun offers features such as the addition of logs, virtual “breakpoints,” and metrics during runtime, as well as many performance management integrations. Built-in security includes ISO 27001 certification, encryption, RBAC and SSO, audit trails and logs and privacy blocklisting.

SmartBear completes investment transaction
SmartBear announced that Vista Equity Partners closed their investment in the company to team up and “accelerate growth, promote innovation, and expand the business in support of the rapidly growing DevOps market,” SmartBear wrote in a post.

SmartBear’s solutions include technologies around API life cycle management, test automation, test management, performance optimization and collaboration. 

“We completed 2020 with another record year of growth and are thrilled with the support  and partnership we now have from Vista and Francisco Partners to broaden and strengthen our product offerings and also identify continued organic and inorganic growth opportunities,” said Frank Roe, the CEO of SmartBear.

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