McAfee acquires Skyhigh Networks to secure the cloud for businesses

Published on: 4 Dec 2017

McAfee has acquired Skyhigh Networks for an undisclosed sum, in an effort to form a new global leader in endpoint and cloud cyber security.

It is hoped that by combining the two companies, customers will benefit from the most advanced cyber security architecture, spanning endpoint and cloud control points, linked by the security operations centre with actionable threat intelligence, analytics and orchestration, and enabled by an open ecosystem.

Customers will also be able to modernise their cyber security environments and protect their most valuable asset - data - as it moves to the cloud, McAfee said.

McAfee chief executive Chris Young hailed Skyhigh Networks for realising five years ago that cyber security for cloud environments could not be an afterthought of cloud adoption.

He spoke about Skyhigh’s most appealing qualities: “They pioneered an entirely new product category called cloud access security broker (CASB) that analysts describe as one of the fastest growing areas of information security investments of the last five years - where Skyhigh continues to innovate and lead.”

Mr Young added that by combining Skyhigh’s cloud security leadership and McAfee’s security portfolio strength, the company will help organisations operate freely and securely to reach their full potential.

Skyhigh Networks boss Rajiv Gupta said becoming part of McAfee was “the ideal next step” in realising his company’s vision of making the cloud the most secure environment for business.

This acquisition comes less than eight months since McAfee became a standalone company.