Customers are embracing reverse-proxy gateways to help boost visibility and control over data in cloud-based services, said Fortifire's Kahn, who added that he expects Skyfence to bolster the gateway's features to better enable it to compete against established players such as Skyhigh Networks, which offers access control and application auditing.
Skyfence's service is priced at $40 a seat per year with discounted pricing for one-year to five-year subscription-based plans.
Skyfence's Hendler, a security industry veteran, previously was vice president of research and development at Websense and vice president of research and development at data leakage prevention company PortAuthority Technologies, which was acquired by Websense in 2006.
According to Hendler, today's Web security gateways were developed to provide data loss prevention and monitor internal employee behavior and do not focus on monitoring cloud-based services.
Skyfence's appliances also have Web filtering capabilities for businesses by inspecting links and websites frequently visited by employees for malicious code. Revamping Web security gateways to also provide protection for cloud-based services would be a difficult task, Hendler said, because it involves another set of protocols.
"It takes a lot of time to understand the protocols. They just don't have the ability to do it right now and it's not in their DNA," Hendler said. "Even next-generation firewalls, which are inline, the focus is internally at the end users."
PUBLISHED JAN. 23, 2014