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Symantec Acquires Zero Trust Startup Luminate Security

Symantec has acquired Luminate Security, a privately held company that develops Software Defined Perimeter and Zero Trust technology. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Symantec CEO Greg Clark

Luminate’s Secure Access Cloud allows organizations to grant authorized end users access to specific applications and resources, Luminate indicated. The platform's features include:

  • Agentless Security: Enables authorized users to connect to applications from any location, on any device, either on-premises or in a private or public cloud.
  • Chat-Ops: Connects to corporate messaging systems to provide alerts on access request denials and anomalies in application usage.
  • Security-as-a-Service (SECaaS): Does not require deployment or maintenance of any security gateways or endpoint agents or changes to existing security configurations.
  • Visibility: Provides insights into user activities for security and audit purposes.

Secure Access Cloud is now available as part of the Integrated Cyber Defense Platform.

What Does the Luminate Acquisition Mean for Symantec?

Zero Trust enables organizations to secure user-specific access for workloads and applications, according to Symantec. It features a variety of cybersecurity solutions, including:

  • Data: Include data loss prevention (DLP), encryption and other data security offerings.
  • Devices: Include data center security, Internet of Things (IoT) and other device security offerings.
  • Workloads: Include cloud access security broker (CASB), web application firewall and other network security offerings.

Symantec and Luminate are familiar with one another, and their respective products are already integrated with one another.

In a prepared statement, Luminate Security CEO Ofer Smadari 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."

Symantec Acquires Javelin Networks, Appthority

In addition to the Luminate acquisition, Symantec in November 2019 purchased Javelin Networks and Appthority.

Javelin helps organizations protect their Active Directory (AD) and domain resources, detect AD misconfigurations and backdoors and prevent AD reconnaissance and credential misuse by authorized devices and applications.

Comparatively, Appthority offers technology that helps organizations analyze mobile apps for malicious capabilities, security vulnerabilities, data loss risks and privacy-invasive actions.

Symantec's Business: Improving, But Challenges Remains

Symantec CEO Greg Clark and his executive team deserve credit for stabilizing the business in recent months. However, the company hasn't said much about its partner program during strategic announcements in recent months.

Most notably, Clark didn't mention channel partners during Symantec's most recent earnings call. Ironically, the only channel-oriented mention during that call involved a Symantec direct sale win against a rival MSP. The Luminate press release also did not mention if or how the company's technology will support Symantec's channel partners.

Meanwhile, Symantec itself has been the subject of takeover rumors, the most recent of which involved Thoma Bravo -- a private equity firm that already owns Barracuda Networks and a stake in McAfee.

Additional reporting by Dan Kobialka.

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.