Palo Alto Networks which makes next generation firewalls is spending US$200 million to buy an Israeli-based cyber security vendor called Cyvera whose software blocks zero-day attacks on Windows-based endpoints ranging from desktops to servers to embedded systems for Windows OS.
The addition of this capability to the Palo Alto Networks enterprise security platform will extend customers’ ability to safely enable applications and protect users against known and unknown cyber threats on any device, across any network, the company said in a news release.
The acquisition is expected to close during the second half of fiscal 2014, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory reviews.
Cyvera’s main product is called TRAPS (Targeted Remote Attack Prevention System), an agent-based solution which the company says takes one minute of installation per endpoint. There’s no definition updates, nor is there an effect on network traffic, the company says. It integrates with all SIEM, SOC and Syslog systems. It also integrates with VMware vCenter.
“This event marks a key milestone in our strategic enterprise security vision,” Paolo Alto CEO Mark McLaughlin said in a statement. “It extends our next-generation security platform with a very innovative approach to preventing attacks on the endpoint. It enables us to accelerate the delivery of the market’s only highly integrated and automated enterprise security platform spanning network, endpoints, and the cloud. For customers, this translates into the most sophisticated and automated threat prevention for their entire organization.”
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