McAfee to Acquire Light Point Security
February 2020 by Marc Jacob
McAfee announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Light Point Security, LLC, an award-winning pioneer of browser isolation. Upon the close of the acquisition, the Light Point Security team will join McAfee.
The increasing use of the Internet, and the accelerating adoption of the cloud by companies, has made the browser one of the most vulnerable parts of an enterprise’s IT attack surface. When full isolation is implemented, no web content ever gets to the user’s computer. All browsing is done in an isolated environment so no browser-based malware can infect the system. Gartner has identified remote browser isolation as a recommended capability of SASE components1. According to Gartner, “remote browsing is becoming a recognized method to keep the browsing away from the endpoint and to enforce policies on the interactions.” Gartner recommends organizations consider remote processing in any risk-averse environment.2
Founded by former NSA employees, Light Point Security’s solution can protect users from zero-day and other emerging malware like Ransomware and credential phishing attacks by isolating browser sessions in a remote virtual environment outside of the corporate network. Light Point Security utilizes proprietary technology to deliver highly performant, complete isolation, preventing elements of a page from reaching or being able to attack a client browser.
McAfee plans to integrate Light Point Security’s browser isolation technology into McAfee Secure Web Gateway, complementing its existing comprehensive inbound and outbound protection for all web and cloud traffic. With this combination, enterprises will be able to prioritize both security efficacy and user experience by removing user exposure to malware while maintaining responsive access to legitimate websites and cloud applications. Additionally, McAfee plans to integrate browser isolation into the newly released MVISION UCE solution, which includes McAfee Secure Web Gateway, McAfee Data Loss Prevention and MVISION Cloud (CASB), thus enabling a complete and simplified implementation of the SASE Architecture. This will allow customers to apply a consistent threat protection policy across their network and SaaS applications, such as Office365 and other collaboration applications.
McAfee’s agreement to acquire Light Point Security demonstrates how McAfee continues to strengthen its solutions through innovation and acquisition to provide its customers with state-of-the-art solutions to prevent and detect threats without limiting performance.
Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.