Showing posts with label Skyport. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Skyport. Show all posts

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Skyport Interoperates with Cisco ACI

Skyport Systems, a start-up offering secure infrastructure solutions, announced interoperability between its SkySecure platform and Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) solution.

The goal is to provide application-layer and system-level security and policy controls needed to extend the trust boundary from a system-level root-of-trust to the network edge. Skyport said its interoperability with Cisco ACI also mobilizes security policies, enabling them to follow workloads throughout their lifecycles, and lets users deploy and maintain secure administrative workstations, jump hosts and multi-zone DMZ architectures as an integral part of an overall security framework.

Skyport's SkySecure converged system brings together zero trust compute, virtualization and a full stack of security technologies. It logs all traffic at a forensically auditable level, enabling users to see where traffic originates, where it is headed, whether it was allowed or not, what policy allowed or blocked it, and when and who put that policy into action. Remote management capability allows users to easily secure branch infrastructure without firewalls, proxies, MPLS or other security measures.

“SkySecure interoperability with Cisco ACI extends policy inward to the root of trust, providing truly end-to-end application-layer security for all assets, no matter where they are deployed,” said Art Gilliland, CEO of Skyport Systems. “This builds on the work we’ve done to secure Microsoft Active Directory and other highly valuable resources, and furthers our mission to help organizations ensure security of their most critical IT assets.”

https://www.skyportsystems.net/

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Skyport Appoints Kelly Seelig as CMO

Skyport Systems, a start-up offering secure infrastructure solutions, has appointed Kelly Seelig to the position of chief marketing officer (CMO).

Previously, Seelig served as vice president of marketing and communications for BlueJeans Network and as senior vice president of global marketing for BlueSnap. She formerly held marketing positions at two other notable Silicon Valley startups, including cleantech company Bloom Energy.

http://www.skyportsystems.com

Skyport Raises $30 Million from GV and Cisco


Skyport Systems announced a $30 million round of funding led by GV (formerly known as Google Ventures), with participation from Cisco Investments, Thomvest Ventures, Northgate Capital and InstantScale, as well as existing investors Index Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures and Intel Capital. This Series C round brings total Skyport funding to $67 million. Skyport, which is based in Mountain View, California, specializes in secure infrastructure for protecting...

Video: Apps, Virtualization, Security and the Cloud


Art Gilliland, CEO of Skyport Systems, discusses Application, Virtualization, Security and the Cloud at RSA 2016. When you think about isolating applications or workloads, you want to be able to put security around them. Virtualization gives you a compartment to do that. But companies really need to think about how to manage those environments. Skyport addresses this challenge by bringing the new security perimeter all the way down to the application. YouTube:...

Skyport Offers Hardened Servers for Microsoft Active Directory.


Skyport Systems announced a turnkey solution to deliver a hardened implementation of Microsoft Active Directory. Through a partnership with Ascent Solutions, Skyport SkySecure delivers bundles for data center Active Directory production forests, highly secure ‘Red Forest’ administrative zones and cloud access DMZ authentication services.  Skyport said this provides a clean source computing platform with secure boot and ongoing malware and rootkit...

Skyport Names Art Gilliland as CEO


Skyport Systems, a start-up offering "hyper-secured" servers, announced the appointment of Art Gilliland to the position of CEO. Gilliland most recently served as senior vice president and general manager of enterprise security at Hewlett-Packard. Prior to that, he held a number of top management positions at Symantec, including senior vice president and general manager of the Information Security Group. He earlier served as vice president of products...

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Skyport Raises $30 Million from GV and Cisco

Skyport Systems announced a $30 million round of funding led by GV (formerly known as Google Ventures), with participation from Cisco Investments, Thomvest Ventures, Northgate Capital and InstantScale, as well as existing investors Index Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures and Intel Capital. This Series C round brings total Skyport funding to $67 million.

Skyport, which is based in Mountain View, California, specializes in secure infrastructure for protecting IT environments from attacks while providing total visibility into all traffic and administrative changes. Skyport SkySecure is the first commercial Hyper-Secure Infrastructure architected from the ground up to provide continuous validation to ensure system integrity and remote management to ensure auditability.

“Security leaders have been saying for decades that security needs to be built in from the ground up yet most solutions just bolt on or around. If organizations are serious about protecting their information they need to consider that now is the time to re-platform for security.” said Art Gilliland, CEO of Skyport Systems. “Skyport Systems’ approach delivers powerful security protections in a pre-integrated easy-to-use system saving customers money and helping them achieve a high level of security and compliance.”

http://www.skyportsystems.com


  

Monday, March 7, 2016

Video: Apps, Virtualization, Security and the Cloud

Art Gilliland, CEO of Skyport Systems, discusses Application, Virtualization, Security and the Cloud at RSA 2016.

When you think about isolating applications or workloads, you want to be able to put security around them. Virtualization gives you a compartment to do that. But companies really need to think about how to manage those environments. Skyport addresses this challenge by bringing the new security perimeter all the way down to the application.

YouTube:  https://youtu.be/ULB7pmxJkRU

 



Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Skyport Offers Hardened Servers for Microsoft Active Directory.

Skyport Systems announced a turnkey solution to deliver a hardened implementation of Microsoft Active Directory.

Through a partnership with Ascent Solutions, Skyport SkySecure delivers bundles for data center Active Directory production forests, highly secure ‘Red Forest’ administrative zones and cloud access DMZ authentication services.  Skyport said this provides a clean source computing platform with secure boot and ongoing malware and rootkit prevention and detection.

As part of this solution, Skyport Systems is announcing new SkySecure capabilities specifically designed to help secure the Active Directory environment. These include:

  • Kerberos ticket inspection to mitigate fraudulent administrator log-ins, ‘golden ticket’ attacks, and unacceptable use of older NTLM protocol versions
  • Authorized/unauthorized administrative access enforcement and accounting of all logon sessions and attempted sessions into and out of secure administrative environments
  • Application-layer microsegmentation that enables secured communications only between participating servers in the architecture
  • Active audit reports to validate the on-going operation and continuous monitoring of the architecture and its consistency with ongoing best practices evolution
  • Continuous validation of the clean source status for the computing platform including all components, software and updates that are admitted into the secure enclave

“Working with Ascent Solutions will greatly simplify a critical area of enterprise security for our customers,” said Art Gilliland, CEO of Skyport Systems. “Skyport Systems’ clean source, zero-trust infrastructure makes critical IT assets such as credential management systems secure by default, making it an ideal system to use for implementing Microsoft’s most recent guidance on securing privileged access.”

http://www.ascentclouds.com
http://www.skyportsystems.com

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Skyport Names Art Gilliland as CEO

Skyport Systems, a start-up offering "hyper-secured" servers, announced the appointment of Art Gilliland to the position of CEO.

Gilliland most recently served as senior vice president and general manager of enterprise security at Hewlett-Packard. Prior to that, he held a number of top management positions at Symantec, including senior vice president and general manager of the Information Security Group. He earlier served as vice president of products and marketing and director of business development at IMlogic, which was acquired by Symantec in 2006. Gilliland holds a BA in economics from Carleton College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

“Art’s extensive operating experience in the security industry, combined with his creative vision for Skyport and Skyport’s unique and powerful security offering make him a perfect fit as we move into this next phase of revenue growth and product development,” said Stefan Dyckerhoff, managing director at Sutter Hill Ventures, who served as interim CEO from the company’s inception until Gilliland’s appointment. “We are extremely pleased that he decided to join us, and we look forward to solving our customers’ most challenging infrastructure security problems.”

Skyport’s SkySecure solution is a cloud-managed secure server appliance for protecting an organization’s sensitive applications and infrastructure. It combines a hardened server platform with integrated security capabilities – a server that securely boots, detects and prevents malware and rootkits, wraps each application in a dedicated firewall, logs and records every transaction and is centrally managed to simplify operational complexity.

Skyport is based in Mountain View, California.
http://www.skyportsystems.com


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Skyport Ships SkySecure with Secure Hosting for VMware vCenter

Skyport Systems announced the general availability of SkySecure -- a cloud-managed, on-premises, secure server.

When VMware vCenter is hosted on a SkySecure Server, an application-specific firewall for VMware vCenter secures the computing foundation and all communications channels. Essentially,, the SkySecure Server creates a customized firewall protecting VMware vCenter. This application-specific firewall implementation hardens each protocol and communication channel for:

  • Administrative access to vCenter Server
  • DNS access to/from vCenter Server
  • Microsoft Active Directory for user and admin identity management
  • Partner API usage such as Software Defined Networking controllers or VM backup systems
  • Network Attached Storage entitlements for image management
  • ESX Server to vCenter administrative control channel

http://www.skyportsystems.com

See 1 minute video:  https://youtu.be/tp_cye0AARc

Skyport Unveils its Hyper-Secured Servers

Skyport Systems, a start-up based in Mountain View, California unveiled its "hyper-secured" server architecture for delivering trusted computing and policy enforcement at the application edge.

The SkySecure System enforces policy on hosted workloads without software agents or network changes. The architecture tightly integrates the components of multiple security appliances that were not designed to work together, reduces the threat surface by removing physical attack vectors and implements Intel's Trusted Execution Technology. SkySecure is designed for deployment at the most critical points of infrastructure, including exposed DMZs, branch and remote environments, high-value business applications and foundational IT control systems such as Microsoft Active Directory, DNS servers and virtualization/cloud/big data/SDN controllers. No changes are required to networks, applications, or operating systems. The company says its server is designed to catch and contain malware and rootkits.

Hardware, firmware and software components are validated at the point of manufacture and continuously monitored once deployed. After properly attesting, the system boots a fully
whitelisted Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) implementation. SkySecure Compartments enable a dynamic whitelist and application-layer protections around each workload deployed on a SkySecure Server, houses them in a synthetic operating environment and assumes a zero-trust posture regarding all network access.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Skyport Unveils its Hyper-Secured Servers

Skyport Systems, a start-up based in Mountain View, California unveiled its "hyper-secured" server architecture for delivering trusted computing and policy enforcement at the application edge.

The SkySecure System enforces policy on hosted workloads without software agents or network changes. The architecture tightly integrates the components of multiple security appliances that were not designed to work together, reduces the threat surface by removing physical attack vectors and implements Intel's Trusted Execution Technology. SkySecure is designed for deployment at the most critical points of infrastructure, including exposed DMZs, branch and remote environments, high-value business applications and foundational IT control systems such as Microsoft Active Directory, DNS servers and virtualization/cloud/big data/SDN controllers. No changes are required to networks, applications, or operating systems. The company says its server is designed to catch and contain malware and rootkits.

Hardware, firmware and software components are validated at the point of manufacture and continuously monitored once deployed. After properly attesting, the system boots a fully
whitelisted Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) implementation. SkySecure Compartments enable a dynamic whitelist and application-layer protections around each workload deployed on a SkySecure Server, houses them in a synthetic operating environment and assumes a zero-trust posture regarding all network access.

The SkySecure platform consists of three main components: on-premise trusted computing systems, software-based/hardware-enforced compartments that enforce policy around each hosted virtual machine and centralized management and monitoring that centrally orchestrates security policy and enables total application visibility.


“Every CIO we’ve talked to has deployed virtualization, single-sign on, cloud and big data systems to automate processes and make IT more agile, but this has resulted in critical control points in the infrastructure,” said Douglas Gourlay, corporate vice president of Skyport Systems. “Skyport Systems is delivering a system that is secure by default: from the point of inception, not belated integration. We are building a hyper-secured infrastructure foundation for mission-critical systems.”

https://www.skyportsystems.net


  • In April 2015, Skyport Systems announced $30 million in Series B funding for its Hyper-Secured Infrastructure solutions.  The new funding was led by Index Ventures, with participation from Intel Capital and existing investor Sutter Hill Ventures. The Series B round brings total Skyport funding to $37M.
  • Skyport is headed by Stefan Dyckerhoff, who previously was GM of routing and switching at Juniper Networks, which he originally joined as employee #33 working in chip design. 




Skyport - Evolution of Converged Infrastructure



Skyport Systems, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, sees a next-gen infrastructure opportunity at the intersection of networking, security, storage, and compute.

In this video, Doug Gourlay discusses the evolution of converged infrastructure from Cisco UCS, Nutanix and this next step.

See video: https://youtu.be/gx6mG-sey-A


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Skyport Raises $30 Million for New Approach to Security

Skyport Systems, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, announced $30 million in Series B funding for its Hyper-Secured Infrastructure solutions.  Product plans have not yet been disclosed.

Skyport said it is working on a fundamentally new approach to security, which requires a fundamentally new approach to secure computing.  Its goal is to ensure the security of mission-critical IT and corporate assets.

“Network security models today have been compromised, due to reliance on perimeter security and static network policies that fail to address the current threat landscape,” said Stefan Dyckerhoff, CEO of Skyport Systems and managing director at Sutter Hill Ventures. “Skyport will use this funding to deliver a fundamentally new approach and solution to protecting business’ most mission-critical IT control infrastructure and applications.”

The new funding was led by Index Ventures, with participation from Intel Capital and existing investor Sutter Hill Ventures. The Series B round brings total Skyport funding to $37M.  

http://www.skyportsystems.com


  • Skyport is headed by Stefan Dyckerhoff, who previously was GM of routing and switching at Juniper Networks, which he originally joined as employee #33 working in chip design. 

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