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McAfee Enterprise split results in new cloud first entity – Skyhigh Security

Two months after cybersecurity brand McAfee Enterprise merged with FireEye to launch Trellix, a second venture - Skyhigh Security, has been introduced to the market.

Skyhigh Security is McAfee Enterprise’s former cloud division. Like Trellix, Skyhigh Security will focus on extended detection and response (XDR) and Secure Service Edge (SSE), but also on meeting the growing cloud security requirements among large and small organisations.

Gee Rittenhouse, who previously led Cisco’s cyber security business, will serve as CEO, and according to Skyhigh Security’s parent company Symphony Technology Group (STG), will bring deep cloud security expertise to the business.

William Chisholm, managing partner of STG, said, “Skyhigh Security has emerged as a dedicated cloud security company that is laser-focused on propelling businesses forward with a comprehensive and converged approach to data security. We’re committed to investing in this business, which is in one of the most important markets in security, SSE.”

Rittenhouse added, “With the majority of data in the cloud and users accessing it from everywhere, a new approach to security is needed. Skyhigh Security has created a comprehensive security platform to secure both data access and data use via unified policies and data awareness. Organisations can now have complete visibility and control and seamlessly monitor and mitigate security risks - achieving lower associated costs, driving greater efficiencies and keeping pace with the speed of innovation.”

Frank Dickson, vice president, IDC, said, “Organisations are at a crossroads navigating the hybrid workforce. While the ‘work from anywhere’ model creates flexibility and agility, it can also be a point of security vulnerability, challenging perimeters and endpoints and opening new attack surfaces in the cloud. These organisations need a best-in-class cloud-native solution that simplifies the implementation of cloud security to protect data regardless of where it lies.”

The Skyhigh Security SSE Portfolio includes Secure Web Gateway (SWG), Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), Zero Trust Access Network (ZTNA), Cloud Data Loss Prevention (DLP), Remote Browser Isolation technology, Cloud Firewall and Cloud Native Application Protection Platform (CNAPP). 

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