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Forcepoint acquisition of Bitglass to disrupt cybersecurity industry

By Shannon Williams, Wed 27 Oct 2021

Data-first security firm Forcepoint has announced it has completed its acquisition of Security Service Edge company Bitglass.

SSE addresses today’s market need to make security easier to deploy and operate by consolidating technologies for protecting people everywhere as they access and use business data in cloud applications, on the web, and in private apps in data centres and private clouds. With this acquisition, Forcepoint will be delivering a best-in-class SSE platform featuring Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), Secure Web Gateway (SWG), and Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) combined with Data Loss Prevention (DLP) all managed from a single console.

“Bitglass and Forcepoint share the same vision for disrupting and transforming the security industry with the first modern distributed edge architecture which continuously optimises to deliver the best performance and experience for the hybrid worker," says Anurag Kahol, chief technology officer at Bitglass.

"We have to reduce the complexity of security. It should be a business enabler, leveraging integrated and automated technologies that are easy to manage and swiftly adapt to changing business needs,” he says. 

“In today’s hybrid work environment, access is table stakes. The real game-changer is in delivering a full set of integrated security technologies that enable employees, trusted partners and contractors to safely get to—and use—applications, data, and other corporate resources while maintaining visibility and control through a common control plane.”

Manny Rivelo, chief executive of Forcepoint, adds, Today Forcepoint is the only Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) company to incorporate advanced capabilities such as enterprise-class DLP, true Zero Trust Content, Disarm and Reconstruction (CDR), advanced Remote Browser Isolation (RBI) and pioneering SD-WAN technology. 

“We are excited to welcome Bitglass into the Forcepoint family. With the integration of Bitglass, Forcepoint will become the only company delivering all of the strategic components of SSE and SASE," he says.

"And we will continue to add new capabilities over time, from Forcepoint directly as well as our technology partner ecosystem, to deliver the most robust set of integrated security capabilities from a cloud-native platform with the elasticity to expand and contract as business needs change. 

"Making security easier to deploy and operate is what customers are asking for, and we look forward to making this a reality in 2022.”

The acquisition of Bitglass will be the third technology acquisition for Forcepoint this year as the company executes its mission to strategically build, partner and acquire technologies that deliver the industry’s best-in-class SASE architecture. Previous acquisitions in 2021 included Remote Browser Isolation (RBI) innovator Cyberinc and Content, Disarm and Reconstruction (CDR) leader Deep Secure.

Forcepoint's behaviour-based solutions adapt to risk in real-time and delivered through a cloud-native SASE security platform that protects users, devices, and networks as people access the web and cloud, prevents the theft or loss of sensitive data and intellectual property no matter where people are working, and eliminates breaches caused by insiders. 

Bitglass delivers data and threat protection for any interaction, anywhere, on any device to ensure secure business continuity across the distributed enterprise. Operating at cloud scale across a global network of over 300 points of presence, its Polyscale Architecture boasts an uptime of 99.99% five years running. 

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