Acquisition enhances vendor’s security platform for the cloud
Security software vendor McAfee announced recently that it’s buying NanoSec in a move to improve its security capabilities in the cloud and around containers. No financial details of the deal were disclosed.
The Lowdown: NanoSec provides a multi-cloud, zero-trust application and security platform, which will be integrated into McAfee’s MVISION Cloud and Server protection products, extending the vendor’s cloud access security broker (CASB) and cloud workload protection platform (CWPP) capabilities.
The Details: McAfee will apply NanoSec’s technology to workloads deployed in containers and Kubernetes. NanoSec’s capabilities include continuous configuration compliance, vulnerability assessment, and runtime application-level segmentation used to detect and prevent the lateral movement of threats.
The Impact: Security is a key consideration for enterprises when moving workloads into the cloud, especially as they migrate more mission-critical applications and data, a trend that was outlined in a report earlier this year by Virtustream, a Dell Technologies company.
Background: Enterprises are continuing to move more of their workloads into the cloud and are relying increasingly on containers to do that. According to Gartner analysts, about 30% of organizations are currently running containerized applications in production. That number will go up to more than 75% by 2022, the analysts said, adding that security needs to be embedded in the DevOps process rather than treated as an afterthought.
McAfee’s acquisition of NanoSec comes as Broadcom moves in to buy Symantec’s enterprise security business for $10.7 billion, a deal that promises to roil the security industry and likely make McAfee the top pure-play vendor in the space.
The Buzz: “NanoSec’s technology is a natural extension for McAfee MVISION Cloud, enhancing our current CASB and CWPP products, and adding to our ‘Shift-Left’ capabilities to deliver on the DevSecOps best practice to improve governance and security,” said Rajiv Gupta, senior vice president and general manager of McAfee’s cloud security business unit.
“Joining forces with McAfee means that our groundbreaking capabilities, including our unique application identity-based approach for app-level protection and micro-segmentation, will be available on a global scale,” said Vishwas Manral, founder and CEO of NanoSec.