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Symantec announces acquisition of Luminate Security


Symantec Corporation recently announced the acquisition of Software Defined Perimeter and Zero Trust Innovator Luminate Security. Symantec, better known for its Norton security software suite, stated the acquisition reinforces the company’s leadership in cloud security. Its integrated Cyber Defense Platform combines cloud and on-premises security across endpoints, networks, email, and cloud protecting organizations against evolving cyber threats.

Luminate Security, an Israel-based startup, allows security and IT teams to create Zero Trust Application Access architecture without traditional VPN appliances. Founded in 2017, Luminate Security claims its technology platform Secure Access Cloud can securely connect users from any device to corporate applications on-premises and in the cloud. The startup says its cloud technology extends the power of Symantec’s Integrated Cyber Defense Platform to users to access the specific applications and resources for which they are authorized.

“Now and in the future, we anticipate more and more corporations will operate their business on infrastructure that is managed by multiple third parties such as Azure, AWS and Google. In this rapidly evolving world, trust in external infrastructure must be carefully considered as corporations can outsource infrastructure but must also remain responsible for data and users. Luminate incorporated into Symantec’s Integrated Cyber Defense puts us at the forefront of security in the cloud era,” said Greg Clark, president and CEO, Symantec. “Secure and private access is a cornerstone of cyber defense. We are excited to partner with the Luminate team and look forward to rapid delivery of this unique capability to our customers and continuing to provide quantifiable value to their cloud journey.”

Speaking on the acquisition, Ofer Smadari, CEO of Luminate Security said, “As a partner, our integrations with Symantec were successful in reducing complexity and increasing security for joint customers. With this next step, we look forward to fully integrating across the entire portfolio and delivering even more innovation to offer complete security for the Cloud Generation.”

In 2018, Symantec acquired Appthority and Javelin Networks to strengthen its mobile and enterprise security products and services. Appthority offers comprehensive Mobile Application Security Analysis services, including automated app-vetting, app-threat scoring, and continuous app analysis. The acquisitions allow Symantec to use Appthority’s technology to analyze mobile apps for malicious threats and defend organizations against Active Directory-based attacks.