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Symantec Buys Luminate, Adds Software-Defined Perimeter to Its Cloud Security Arsenal

February 12, 2019 / Jessica Lyons Hardcastle

Symantec bought startup Luminate Security in a move that adds software-defined perimeter technology to its cloud-native portfolio.It’s also one that Symantec likely hopes will put the final nail in the coffin of the debate on whether a legacy firewall vendor can successfully pivot to cloud-first security (Symantec says the answer is yes, and recent history suggests it’s on the right track.)The security vendor won’t disclose terms of the acquisition.Luminate launched in March 2018, and a month later debuted its cloud security platform, called Secure Access Cloud, at the annual RSA Conference. It’s based on Google’s BeyondCorp philosophy, which is a zero-trust approach to network security. It shifts access controls from the network perimeter to individual devices and users.