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Malware Hunter
Dec 27, 2016
Tel Aviv-based Fireglass launched from stealth early last year with an enterprise network security offering designed to isolate web activity from the network, assuming all of it is bad. The Fireglass Threat Isolation Platform acts as an "air gap" between potential attacks from web, email and documents, phishing, and the endpoint and web applications.

The approach is different than traditional Secure Web Gateways, which Symantec already offers and which for the most part rely on signatures to separate good traffic and web activity from bad.
Symantec CEO Greg Clark said in a statement that the acquisition breaks Symantec into the market for threat isolation in a big way, a market he said will become increasingly more important to a company's security portfolio. The acquisition boosts Symantec's existing endpoint, email and secure web gateway solutions, he said
Isolation will become a core component in the design of cyberdefense architectures for the cloud generation who face the reality of an encrypted internet and the crisis inherent in email and web-delivered attacks. Isolation is a key element of securing the cloud generation and is even a productivity gain for both the end user and security operations center

The Fireglass offerings will be available to partners and customers soon after the acquisition closes, according to Symantec. The acquisition is expected to close in the third calendar quarter of 2017.

The acquisition comes on the heels of two blockbuster acquisitions by Symantec last year. Symantec acquired Blue Coat Systems last summer for $4.65 billion and LifeLock last fall for $2.3 billion. However, CEO Clark said last fall that the company wasn't done making acquisitions. While he didn't specify what areas the company might make a buy in, he said Symantec will be building a security story around the four pillars of information, users, web and messaging security, using both organic R&D and inorganic acquisitions.


Level 44
Jan 27, 2017

This is the THIRD type of technology like this I have seen already this year - where it 'streams' you the content post-isolation, rather than the pure web content itself.

Think about that, the internet has become so dirty, it won't be viewed as raw data any longer.. Sheesh.