Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. has announced the acquisition of Atmosec. An early-stage start-up, Atmosec specializes in the rapid discovery and disconnection of malicious SaaS applications, preventing risky 3rd party SaaS communications, and rectifying SaaS misconfigurations. The move reinforces Check Point‘s commitment to enhance its SaaS security offering and address the security gaps and blind spots in SaaS applications. Atmosec was founded in January 2021 and employs 17 employees.
The widespread adoption of SaaS applications has exposed organizations to an increased array of cyber threats. Statista reports an average use of 130 SaaS applications by organizations globally. Yet, Atmosec’s research reveals that there are approximately 700 additional SaaS applications in use without IT’s knowledge. Moreover, within popular enterprise SaaS platforms such as O365 and Slack, hundreds of third-party apps are connected. This ever-expanding SaaS landscape not only increases the potential attack surface, but it also introduces many apps that could be harmful or misused to leak sensitive information, often bypassing proper IT authorization.
“The shift to SaaS applications introduces specific challenges, notably 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,” says Nataly Kremer, Chief Product Officer and Head of R&D at Check Point Software Technologies. “Integrating Atmosec’s technology into Check Point Infinity sets us to deliver one of the industry’s most secure SASE solutions, enabling organizations to effectively manage SaaS security, prevent data leaks, unauthorized access, and malware dissemination, and ensure a robust, adaptive zero trust environment.”
Key features of Atmosec’s technology include:
- Quick discovery and disconnection of malicious SaaS applications, completed in under 10 minutes
- Prevent third-party SaaS applications from communicating with an enterprise’s SaaS environment
- Provide full visibility into authorized and unauthorized SaaS applications
- Fix misconfigurations within SaaS applications such as publicly exposed repositories,
- Enforce multi-factor authentication (MFA) to access the application, and many more.
With Atmosec’s technology, Check Point Infinity will offer SaaS security with continuous SaaS posture management, prevention of malicious communications (SSPM), and a full security stack for SaaS apps including threat prevention, data protection, and adaptative zero-trust access controls for both users and devices (CASB). New capabilities will be incrementally released based on roadmap milestones, enabling organizations to utilize these critical enhancements from the same Check Point Infinity platform they already use today. The acquisition of Atmosec is expected to close by mid-September 2023.