On Feb. 8, 2017, global cybersecurity leader Forcepoint announced its acquisition of the Skyfence business from Imperva, which advanced the company’s mission to reinvent cybersecurity by focusing on people’s behaviors and motivations for interacting with data and internet protocol.
This data will be used to innovate Forcepoint’s rapidly developing cloud-based applications. The integration also provides Forcepoint customers greater flexibility in deploying web security via on premise, hybrid, and cloud-based solutions.
“As cloud applications become more pervasive, customers are trying to strike a balance between the benefits these services offer and the risks that exist,” said Kris Lamb, general manager of the cloud security business at Forcepoint. “Integrating Skyfence with Forcepoint’s cloud security platform will offer the best of both worlds. Businesses will feel comfortable providing the productivity benefits cloud services offer, while not jeopardizing the security of critical data and improving their overall governance and compliance posture.”
As more organizations become willing to incorporate cloud access security broker services, it has been projected that by 2020, 85 percent of large enterprises will use a cloud access security broker platform for their cloud services, which is up from less than 5 percent today. The acquisition of Skyfence by Forcepoint extends a relationship launched in March 2015. At the time, Forcepoint entered into a licensing arrangement that enabled the company to embed the Skyfence Cloud App Catalog into the company’s web security gateway products.
Skyfence provides visibility and control over cloud applications approved for use by an organization (e.g., NetSuite, Office 365, Salesforce, Workday), as well as those employees might use without approval (e.g., Dropbox, G Suite and Box). Skyfence helps companies to determine which cloud applications are in use by employees, analyzes content in real-time to prevent malicious or unauthorized leakage and quickly identifies and blocks cyber-attacks. Integrating Forcepoint DLP with Skyfence will further broaden customers’ abilities to protect critical business and personal data.
For more information on Skyfence, visit Forcepoint’s website.