The Secure Access Cloud is generally available and already in use by financial, technology, and consumer services enterprises, according to the company. Luminate will demonstrate the platform at next week’s RSA Conference in Las Vegas.
The company was founded in January 2017 and spent the last 14 months developing its software.
Cloud and hybrid IT environments make traditional network perimeter security techniques such as virtual private networks (VPNs), perimeter networks, and network firewalls obsolete, said Leonid Belkind, Luminate co-founder and chief technology officer. “Software-defined data centers require a different security solution,” he said.
So the company built a software-defined, agentless product to address enterprises’ security needs. It’s elastic, 100 percent automated, and API driven, and it can integrate with any software-defined project, Belkind said.
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, allowing employees to work more securely from any location without a VPN.
The software, which can be deployed over numerous environments, creates a secure, one-time connection between the user and the application. All other corporate resources remain isolated, and the connection automatically ends once the user completes the session.
It is delivered as a service that Belkind describes as “software-defined access.”
“Why, instead of installing and managing an email service, do we use Google? Because Google knows how to manage email servers at scale so much better than any enterprise could do,” Belkind says. “Why does Amazon offer data center as a service? Because they know how to run hugely scalable, highly available data centers.”
Luminate wants to treat access — including onboarding, securing, auditing, and governance — the same way.