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Monday, 17 July 2017 11:30

Symantec boosts mobile OS protection with Skycure

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Global cyber security company Symantec has announced it will acquire Israel-based Skycure, a leader in mobile threat defence (MTD).

Skycure’s  predictive threat detection techniques are claimed to enrich Symantec’s enterprise and consumer mobility offerings to help organisations more confidently address the needs of the increasingly mobile workforce, enabling them to ensure that devices are risk-free and secure while accessing corporate resources.

Symantec chief executive Greg Clark said, “One of the most dangerous assumptions in today’s world is that iOS and other mobile devices that employees bring into the office are safe, but the apps and data on these devices are under increasing attack.

"We believe that tomorrow’s workforce will be completely mobile and will demand a cyber defence solution that travels with them. Mobile is a core component of our strategy and the acquisition of Skycure is a major step forward in executing it. Together, we will offer the cloud generation an integrated mobile cyber defence architecture that will protect customers’ mobile devices and networks across iOS, Android and Windows.”

“The promise of a mobile threat defence that comes from a combination like Skycure and Symantec is compelling. As we look ahead, we believe the future is mobile-first and requires protection levels that single platform vendors will struggle to provide on their own. Our investments in this area will bring defence-in-depth across platforms including, closed operating systems.”

Adi Sharabani, co-founder and chief executive of Skycure, said, “We are delighted to join the Symantec team and are pleased that they recognise the value in our Mobile Threat Defence solution, which allows us to get ahead of attacks before they strike and defend against threats without infringing on the end user experience or privacy. Customers want mobile security solutions that are easy to deploy and manage, and our threat protection technology offering complements Symantec’s leading endpoint protection solutions, making it easier for companies to embrace BYOD.”

The acquisition follows that of Fireglass (iTWire article here) and Andy Groves, chief executive, publicly stating that after the acquisition of Lifelock and Blue Coat last year “The company has its groove back”. Fortune has an interview here.


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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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