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Webroot Acquires BrightCloud

Webroot will integrate BrightCloud's Web content classification technology with its own malware detection and SaaS technologies
BOULDER, Colo., July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Webroot, a leading Internet security provider for the consumer, enterprise and SMB markets, today announced it has acquired BrightCloud, a Web content classification and security services provider. Webroot will integrate BrightCloud's technology with its own proprietary malware detection and security-as-a-service (SaaS) technologies to protect consumers and businesses worldwide.

"Webroot is growing our business through investments in research and development, acquisitions, and by building a world-class customer support organization," said Dick Williams, CEO, Webroot. "BrightCloud brings to Webroot a set of Web filtering capabilities that are world-class, and upon which we will build significant new capabilities. BrightCloud's technology and team will be great assets to Webroot as we establish ourselves as the best company in the world at delivering security as a service."

Founded in 2005, BrightCloud provides Web reputation and content classification capabilities that maximize productivity and mitigate Web-based security risks. BrightCloud maintains information on more than 200 million URLs and IP addresses to comprise the most accurate and comprehensive data available for classifying content and detecting malicious sites. The company's technology is used by partners to create an added layer of security and policy management for their customers.

Today's acquisition will enable Webroot to build innovative services utilizing Web site classification and reputation across its business. The company's portfolio of cloud-based Web security offerings includes Webroot Web Security Service which protects businesses against the latest malware threats. Webroot will deliver Web security via the cloud to consumers as part of Webroot Internet Security Complete, a new product launching later this month. In addition, Webroot's geographic growth plans are complemented by BrightCloud's support for more than 30 languages.

"We are very excited to become a part of Webroot," said Quinn Curtis, president and CEO, BrightCloud. "This merger will enable us to provide even greater protection, service and value to our customers and partners, and the strength of the Webroot brand and its technology portfolio will help us reach new markets."

Based in San Diego, California, the BrightCloud team will join Webroot's Cloud Engineering team with an expanded focus on hosted security services.

About Webroot

Webroot is a leading provider of Internet security for consumers and businesses worldwide. Founded in 1997, Webroot is headquartered in Colorado and is the largest privately held Internet security company in the United States. The company employs more than 400 people globally and has operations across North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. Consistently rated among the best security offerings available, Webroot's products includes email, Web and archiving security services for businesses, and antimalware, privacy and identity protection for consumers. For more information, visit http://www.webroot.com or call 800.772.9383.

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