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SailPoint IPO jumps more than 20% as companies focus on cybersecurity

Key Points
  • SailPoint shares debuted Friday and jumped 20 percent after pricing well above initial range.
  • Many breaches have happened because people gained access to networks using stolen passwords or because authorized users engaged in unauthorized activities.
SailPoint CEO on cybersecurity
SailPoint CEO on cybersecurity

SailPoint Technologies is riding a wave of interest in cybersecurity. The company priced its initial public offering at the NYSE at $12, well above the price talk of $9 to $11, and opened Friday at $14.90, up over 20 percent.

I spoke with CEO Mark McClain about how SailPoint fits in to the cybersecurity space. Their part of the equation is identity and access management. Simply put, they track users on networks.

McClain points out that many cybersecurity breaches have happened because individuals gained access to corporate networks with stolen passwords or because authorized employees on a network engaged in unauthorized activities.

Mark McClain, Co-founder and CEO of Sailpoint Technologies Holdings rings the opening bell to celebrate his company's IPO at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, November 17, 2017.
Brendan McDermid | Reuters

McClain notes that SailPoint is focused on who has access to a corporate network and who should have access.

Using artificial intelligence, the company is also beginning to focus on a third issue, whether authorized users are using their access appropriately. This would allow them to see if users were attempting to access parts of the network they are not authorized to access.

McClain also addresses cybersecurity since the Equifax breach. The good news: corporate America has greatly elevated cybersecurity as a high-priority issue. The bad news: there is still a long way to go, and there still are no gold-plated assurances that a company cannot get hacked no matter how much effort is made.