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11/28/2017
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Trend Micro Buys Immunio

The acquisition is aimed at balancing the speed of DevOps with application security.

Trend Micro is acquiring application security firm Immunio in an effort to extend its hybrid cloud security to DevOps. It plans to integrate automated protection through a combination of new capabilities from Immunio and in-house development.

Immunio's technology provides detection of application vulnerabilities, and the Montréal-based firm also offers container image-scanning so secure container images can be published and protected. Trend Micro plans to improve its container-specific security capabilities with image scanning, which identifies security issues so they can be addressed prior to deployment.

Trend Micro said it plans to better secure applications and improve run-time operations located both on-premise and in the cloud. The company reports these capabilities will be generally available in April 2018.

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RyanSepe
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11/28/2017 | 8:13:46 AM
Acquisition
Larger businesses purchasing smaller ones to fill in gaps for their own platform is becoming increasingly more common. I wonder what the major form factors are for the selection of Immunio. What makes them different from other application security and container centric security companies?
Dr.T
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11/28/2017 | 10:49:55 AM
Re: Acquisition
"Larger businesses purchasing smaller ones to fill in gaps for their own platform is becoming increasingly more common"

Yes, that seems to be the trend. Like Facebook, buying other startups and expending it user base.
Dr.T
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11/28/2017 | 10:51:01 AM
Re: Acquisition
"I wonder what the major form factors are for the selection of Immunio"

I would say container security, the industry is lacking of it today.
RyanSepe
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11/28/2017 | 11:06:05 AM
Re: Acquisition
"I would say container security, the industry is lacking of it today."


I would agree that there definitely is a shortage but Immunio is not the only container based security firm. It would just be nice to be a fly on the wall to see what went into the decision making process.
Joe Stanganelli
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11/30/2017 | 8:28:25 PM
Re: Acquisition
@Dr.T: What they're lacking even more of is unikernel security -- which, frankly, is probably more effective (and, arguably, more efficient). It's kind of a shame unikernels seem to get the short shrift compared to containers.
Joe Stanganelli
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11/29/2017 | 8:34:36 PM
Re: Acquisition
@Ryan: I've seen reports that sandboxing and security via virtualization has fallen out of favor, but I'm not so sure -- and this development-oriented move could be just the sort of thing to help keep TM competitive in an area where others are sneering.
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11/30/2017 | 8:57:13 AM
Re: Acquisition
@Joe. If this approach has indeed fallen out of favor then the move to acquire Immunio will have a large degree of luck involved for future profitability. It will depend on how the attack vectors mature in the coming years. If virtualization proves to be less effective then currently theorized, this could push TM even further down the competitive ladder. 
Dr.T
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11/28/2017 | 10:48:35 AM
container-specific security capabilities
 

Container-specific security capabilities may help al lot since there is not many out there doing container security.
Dr.T
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11/28/2017 | 10:54:06 AM
Trend Micro
I think Trend Micros lost the ground a little bit in the industry in recent years, this new company may help them to get back in the game.
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11/28/2017 | 11:07:14 AM
Re: Trend Micro
If it doesn't help get them back into the game this could mark the beginning of the end for trend. Possibly another acquisition in the works...
Joe Stanganelli
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11/29/2017 | 8:32:58 PM
Re: Trend Micro
@Dr. T: Well, TM still is the default install on a lot of factory-shipped Dells, isn't it? That no doubt helps their market share.
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11/28/2017 | 10:57:29 AM
Cloud reach
"Run-time operations located both on-premise and in the cloud"

This may be another advantage for Trend Micro to capture, there is more company having an hybrid cloud solutions today so something that works for both cloud and on-prem would be a good option.
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