Luminate’s secure access tech helps extend Symantec’s defense platform to cloud workloads and apps regardless of location or infrastructure
Symantec on Tuesday announced the acquisition of Luminate Security, a privately held company that specializes in zero trust application access to securely connect remote users to corporate apps regardless of location, device, or platform.
The Lowdown: Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Luminate’s agentless Secure Access Cloud platform aims to shift access control from the network perimeter to individual devices, users, and applications. According to the company, its software-defined perimeter technology cloaks corporate resources from external networks, authenticates users, and confirms device security posture before serving up risk score-based application-level access. The corporate assets remain cloaked to all external networks and users, even those with authorized access.
The Details: Symantec officials said the Luminate Secure Access Cloud technology, which comes in separate flavors for Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and the Google Cloud Platform, will be rolled into its Integrated Cyber Defense offering.
Background: Founded in 2017 with main offices in Palo Alto, California, and Tel Aviv, Israel, Luminate Security has about 40 employees. The company received $14 million in combined round A and seed funding and is backed by U.S. Venture Partners and Aleph Venture.
The Buzz: “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,” said Symantec CEO Greg Clark. “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,” Clark said. “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.”
“As corporate applications continue to move to the cloud, IT organizations need innovative approaches to address the complexity and security challenges of providing users anywhere, anytime access,” said Art Gilliland, executive vice president and general manager of enterprise products at Symantec. “Luminate Security’s agentless, cloud-delivered service solves these problems and adds a powerful Software Defined Perimeter capability to our Integrated Cyber Defense Platform.”
“As a partner, our integrations with Symantec were successful in reducing complexity and increasing security for joint customers,” said Luminate CEO Ofer Smadari. “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.”