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New Wave of Security Acquisitions Signals Start of Consolidation Trend

A dozen recent high-profile deals reflect cybersecurity vendors' hopes of expanding their offerings with next-generation technology, ideas, and talent.
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1. Sophos-Invincea.

The $100 million purchase of Invincea by Sophos was a good deal because it gave Sophos a much-needed machine learning capability that can combat zero-day attacks. Invincea's Product X uses neural networks and behavioral monitoring to find unknown malware and prevent any damage to the network before it hits. ESG analyst Jon Oltsik says the acquisition makes Sophos much more flexible. For example, if a customer is a Symantec user they now have the option of selling Invincea without having that new customer replace Symantec. Buying Invincea also helps Sophos plug into the enterprise market more, Oltsik says, who adds that the $100 million price tag may prove to be a steal given the recent $1 billion valuation of startup Cylance.

Date of deal: February 8, 2017 
Coverage: Sophos Acquisition Targets Next-Gen Endpoint Security

Image Source: Flickr

1. Sophos-Invincea.

The $100 million purchase of Invincea by Sophos was a good deal because it gave Sophos a much-needed machine learning capability that can combat zero-day attacks. Invinceas Product X uses neural networks and behavioral monitoring to find unknown malware and prevent any damage to the network before it hits. ESG analyst Jon Oltsik says the acquisition makes Sophos much more flexible. For example, if a customer is a Symantec user they now have the option of selling Invincea without having that new customer replace Symantec. Buying Invincea also helps Sophos plug into the enterprise market more, Oltsik says, who adds that the $100 million price tag may prove to be a steal given the recent $1 billion valuation of startup Cylance.

Date of deal: February 8, 2017
Coverage: Sophos Acquisition Targets Next-Gen Endpoint Security

Image Source: Flickr

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