In May 2015 Raytheon and Vista Equity Partners brought together the security assets of Raytheon Cyber Products and Websense. January 2016 saw the further acquisition of next-gen firewall (NGFW) vendor Stonesoft from Intel (McAfee) Security, and a rebranding of the three security companies as Forcepoint. Not quite so obvious was the additional inclusion of Intel McAfee’s Firewall Enterprise product which some of us still remember as the Secure Computing Sidewinder solution.
With these products onboard, Forcepoint is looking to offer an integrated cyber-security platform that addresses the data protection and regulatory requirements of public and private sector organizations.
Integration and unification is what organizations are demanding from their security providers
Bringing Websense’s advanced persistent threat (APT) protection and data loss prevention (DLP) technology together with the insider threat protection and security analytics capabilities of Raytheon, and Stonesoft’s NGFW expertise, starts to offer the type and range of cyber-security protection organizations are looking for. Defend, detect, decide, and defeat is the business protection message that Forcepoint is putting forward.
For most organizations, the security challenges involve protecting a constantly changing technology landscape. Operational infrastructure often consists of a hybrid mix of cloud and on-premise systems with the predominant direction of travel being toward more cloud usage. Security challenges are caused by the complexity and fragmentation of the systems that organizations now need to work with on a daily basis, and the increasingly dangerous threat landscape. Forcepoint is taking a next-generation threat protection approach by combining its malware protection, security intelligence, and threat analytics capabilities.
The range of security products and services Forcepoint can offer is extensive. It can deal with cloud, on-premise, and hybrid environments, as well as endpoint devices that are company-owned or fall within the remit of BYOD, and the apps that drive these endpoint devices. Its security intelligence services make use of a continually updating global threat database, advanced threat detection capabilities, and monitoring and scanning services that can identify and deal with new and emerging threats. These security products and services are supported by analytical capabilities that automate threat discovery, identify the existence of malicious code and unacceptable usage patterns/behavior, and drive the necessary reporting and alerting responses.
The issues that Forcepoint now faces are around its profile and differentiation. Within its established Raytheon, Websense, and Stonesoft brands, it has the technology to deal with external and insider threats, email, web, cloud, and network security requirements, and offers supporting security intelligence and analytics. Individually, the brands are strong, and collectively, it now needs to position Forcepoint as a mainstream competitor to corporate players such as Cisco, FireEye, Intel Security, Palo Alto Networks, and Symantec.
Andrew Kellett, Principal Analyst, Infrastructure Solutions