STG splits McAfee Enterprise, forms Skyhigh Security

Symphony Technology Group (or STG), the private equity firm that acquired McAfee’s enterprise business back in 2021, has announced the launch of Skyhigh Security, one of the two organisations formed from McAfee Enterprise.

Skyhigh Security aims to satisfy the growing cloud security requirements for large and small organisations. Its niche mainly includes data access and securing how the data is used.

The newly formed organisation’s security service edge (SSE) technology is designed for workforces and includes security that follows data and users wherever they are.

Earlier this year, STG announced it would be splitting McAfee Enterprise into two organisations—Trellix and Skyhigh Security—so that it can focus on the markets of extended detection and response, as well as the SSE. At that time, STG also announced that Gee Rittenhouse, who previously led Cisco’s cybersecurity business, would serve as CEO.

“With the majority of data in the cloud and users accessing it from everywhere, a new approach to security is needed,” said Rittenhouse. “Skyhigh Security has created a comprehensive security platform to secure both data access and data use via unified policies and data awareness. Organisations can now have complete visibility and control and seamlessly monitor and mitigate security risks—achieving lower associated costs, driving greater efficiencies and keeping pace with the speed of innovation.”

“Organisations are at a crossroads navigating the hybrid workforce,” said Frank Dickson, vice president, IDC. “While the ‘work-from-anywhere’ model creates flexibility and agility, it can also be a point of security vulnerability, challenging perimeters and endpoints and opening new attack surfaces in the cloud. These organisations need a best-in-class cloud-native solution that simplifies the implementation of cloud security to protect data regardless of where it lies.”

Skyhigh Security’s SSE products/services include a secure web gateway, cloud access security broker, zero-trust access network, cloud data loss prevention, remote browser isolation technology, cloud firewall, and cloud native application protection platform.