Forcepoint snaps up Security Service Edge (SSE) leader Bitglass

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Data-first security specialist Forcepoint has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Security Service Edge (SSE) firm Bitglass.

Silicon-valley headquartered Bitglass provides what it describes as the industry’s only truly integrated cloud-native SSE platform for securing access to and usage of information as organisations move to the cloud.

The offering brings together Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), Secure Web Gateway (SWG), Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA), as well as Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM), combined with Data Loss Prevention (DLP) capabilities. This enables uniform policies for accessing web, cloud, and private data centres managed through a single console.

Forcepoint said it plans to integrate the platform into its Data-first SASE architecture to bolster and simplify its overall advanced data security offering.

“Complexity is the enemy of security. IT teams today are faced with the reality that securing a hybrid work environment is even more complex than the move to work-from-home was last year,” commented Manny Rivelo, Chief Executive Officer at Forcepoint.

“With the acquisition of Bitglass, Forcepoint will be accelerating our ability to address customers’ widespread need for enabling hybrid workforces to safely access and use information everywhere—in the web, cloud and data centre—more easily than ever before.”

SSE represents the convergence of technologies for securing access to and usage of sensitive data and intellectual property in web and cloud traffic, as well as private data centre applications.

By unifying security functions, policies and operations that were previously spread across siloed products from different vendors, SSE reduces the complexity of enabling hybrid workforces to safely and efficiently access and use the resources they require.

Bitglass’ SSE platform has been specifically designed to take full advantage of modern hyperscalers, the firm says, with the offering able to dynamically scale up to handle growing loads and provide resilience needed for always-on access to applications and data.

“When the average CISO is managing 50+ security products of loosely connected technologies, it’s clear the industry is challenged and needs to change,” Rivelo continued.

“By uniting Bitglass and Forcepoint, we will be able to deliver the industry’s first integrated security platform that transforms and consolidates data security, network, web, and cloud security, threat protection, advanced monitoring, and zero trust control to make access to and usage of information more effective, more reliable and less complex,”

Daniel Todd

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