Symantec to acquire Skycure to bolster mobile security play

Cyber security giant Symantec has announced it is to acquire Israel-based Skycure, a ‘mobile threat defence’ provider.

Skycure’s modus operandi is the belief that ‘true enterprise mobile security could only be achieved by building from the ground up a solution of a type that did not yet exist…one that understands the unique characteristics of mobile devices and mobile productivity’, in the company’s own words.

In other words, Skycure protects across all major mobile operating systems with what it describes as an ‘unparalleled’ depth of threat intelligence, utilising technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning in the process.

The company will be known to readers of this publication because of their partnership with Microsoft, announced in February this year. The move is one of several in a trend of organisations beefing up their mobile security through greater expertise. Another example of this is Lookout, which is also in partnership with Microsoft for its Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) product.

For Symantec, the reason for the move – to get better mobile protection and intelligence into its portfolio – is simple on the surface. Indeed, the company has made several acquisitions over the past five years in the mobile realm, from mobile device and mobile app management in Odyssey Software and Nukona in 2012, to NitroDesk, for mobile data protection, in 2014. The company’s last two acquisitions, of LifeLock and Fireglass in the past year, focused on identity protection and malware prevention respectively.

“Mobile is a core component of our strategy and the acquisition of Skycure is a major step forward executing it,” said Greg Clark, CEO of Symantec in a statement. “Together, we will offer the cloud generation an integrated mobile cyber defence architecture that will protect customers’ mobile devices and networks across iOS, Android and Windows.

“The promise of a mobile threat defence that comes from a combination like Skycure and Symantec is compelling,” Clark added. “As we look ahead, we believe the future is mobile-first and requires protection levels that single platform vendors will struggle to provide on their own.

“Our investments in this area will bring defence in-depth across platforms including closed operating systems.”

Main picture credit: Skycure

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