19 Apr 2021
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Zscaler expands CIEM solutions with Trustdome acquisition

By Catherine Knowles

With the intention of addressing cloud workload issues, Zscaler has announced its acquisition of Trustdome.

Zscaler, the cloud security company, has officially entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Trustdome, a Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM) company.

The transaction is expected to close prior to the completion of Zscaler's fiscal third quarter, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Following the acquisition, Trustdome’s development team and CIEM technology will be combined with Zscaler’s existing Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) platform, as part of Zscaler Cloud Protection (ZCP).

This, in turn, will provide a comprehensive solution for reducing public cloud attack surfaces and improving security posture.

With this acquisition, Zscaler also expands its global footprint with its first development centre in Israel, where the company plans to continue investment.

Enterprise cloud environments can have hundreds of millions of discrete permissions granted to both humans and cloud services, including unused permissions, non-federated dormant accounts, and misconfigured permissions, Zscaler states.

Left unchecked, these permissions become an easy path for attackers to infiltrate cloud deployments.

Trustdome's CIEM platform helps solve this problem by providing full governance over who and what has access to data, applications and services in public cloud environments, according to the company.

Zscaler CEO, chairman and founder, Jay Chaudhry, says, “We are extending our vision for Zscaler Cloud Protection to help customers securely embrace public cloud platforms and services in today's cloud-first world.

"The addition of Trustdome’s team and innovations in CIEM will strengthen our Cloud Protection portfolio by enforcing least privilege principles across multi-cloud environments while giving DevOps the freedom to innovate.

"I am very excited to welcome the Trustdome team to the Zscaler family, and look forward to growing Zscaler’s R&D presence in Israel.”

Trustdome CEO Ofer Hendler says, “Entitlements and permissions are quickly becoming the biggest security challenge in the public cloud.

"The Trustdome team has built an innovative platform to solve this challenge while allowing development and DevOps teams to maintain speed and agility.

"We look forward to joining the Zscaler family and accelerating our innovation engine to solve the cloud protection challenges facing the enterprise.”

The Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange works to protect customers from cyber attacks and data loss by securely connecting users, devices, and applications in any location.

Distributed across more than 150 data centres globally, the SASE-based Zero Trust Exchange is a significantly large, in-line cloud security platform.

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