Check Point Software Technologies, a leading provider of cybersecurity solutions, has made a significant stride in enhancing its SaaS security offerings through the acquisition of Atmosec, a pioneering early-stage startup founded in January 2021.
Atmosec, a team of 17 experts, has been dedicated to tackling the growing threat landscape within Software as a Service (SaaS) applications. Their specialization lies in the identification and disconnection of malicious SaaS applications, preventing risky third-party SaaS communications, and rectifying SaaS misconfigurations. This strategic acquisition underscores Check Point’s unwavering commitment to fortify its SaaS security arsenal and address the prevalent security gaps and blind spots within SaaS applications.
Recent data from Statista reveals that organizations globally use an average of 130 SaaS applications. Astonishingly, Atmosec’s research indicates that approximately 700 additional SaaS applications often operate unbeknownst to IT departments. Furthermore, within popular enterprise SaaS platforms such as Office 365 and Slack, numerous third-party applications are connected. This expanding SaaS landscape not only widens the potential attack surface but also introduces the risk of harmful or unauthorized data leakage, often circumventing standard IT authorization procedures.
Nataly Kremer, Chief Product Officer and Head of R&D at Check Point Software Technologies, commented on the acquisition, saying, “The transition to SaaS applications presents specific challenges, particularly in the realm of malicious SaaS-to-SaaS communications. Atmosec’s capabilities in SaaS discovery, risk assessment, and full visibility are instrumental in addressing these challenges.”
Through the integration of Atmosec’s cutting-edge technology, Check Point Infinity will offer a comprehensive SaaS security suite. This suite encompasses continuous SaaS posture management, the prevention of malicious communications (SSPM), and a robust security stack designed for SaaS applications. This stack includes advanced threat prevention, robust data protection, and adaptive zero-trust access controls for both users and devices, all under the umbrella of Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) capabilities.
With this strategic acquisition, Tel Aviv, Israel-based Check Point Software Technologies aims to empower organizations to navigate the intricate landscape of SaaS security confidently. As the SaaS ecosystem continues to evolve rapidly, the collaboration with Atmosec ensures that Check Point remains at the forefront of safeguarding enterprises against emerging cyber threats and data vulnerabilities.