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McAfee Acquires Light Point for Browser Isolation Tech

Company plans to integrate Light Point Security's technology into the McAfee Secure Web Gateway and its Mvision UCE platform.

RSA CONFERENCE 2020 - San Francisco - McAfee has confirmed plans to acquire Light Point Security, with plans to integrate Light Point's remote browser isolation technology into its Secure Web Gateway and Mvision UCE security offerings.

Baltimore-based Light Point, founded in 2010 by two former NSA employees, was created to change the way businesses protect critical data and applications from Web-based cyberattacks. Its platform isolates browser sessions in a remote virtual environment outside of the corporate network to protect against common threats like ransomware and credential phishing attacks.

McAfee's acquisition arrives at a time when adversaries are taking aim at browsers. It plans to build Light Point Security's technology into its Secure Web Gateway and its new Mvision Unified Cloud Edge (UCE) platform, which contains the McAfee Secure Web Gateway, Data Loss Prevention, and Mvision Cloud (CASB). This isn't the first acquisition McAfee has made to strengthen its Mvision platform; in August 2019, it bought NanoSec to boost Mvision's container security capabilities.

The investment in this technology will help McAfee provide a complete implementation of the secure access service edge (SASE) architecture, for which Gartner advises browser isolation as a recommended capability. In a statement, McAfee officials say this implementation will help customers apply a consistent threat protection policy across their networks and software-as-a-service applications, such as Office 365 and other collaboration tools.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Read more details here.

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