Machine learning (ML) technology has become one of the most important technologies in modern cybersecurity. It allows the device to analyze patterns and learn, predicting behaviours that code take at infected machines. Invincea’s technology of next-generation malware protection is designed to detect and prevent unknown malware and sophisticated attacks via patented deep learning neural-network algorithms. It has been ranked as among the best performing machine learning, signature-less next-generation endpoint technologies in third-party testing and rated highly both for high detection and low false-positive rates.
To charge ahead with this trend and keep up with the machine learning leaders Cylance and Sentinel One, cybersecurity pioneer Sophos announced on February, 8th, 2017 the acquisition of Invincea, a Fairfax, Virginia.-based provider of endpoint security solutions which do utilize these machine learning technologies.
Norm Laudermilch, chief operating officer and head of product development at Invincea noted that, “Invincea set out to disrupt the traditional approach to antivirus, and even now no single technology is enough to fully protect customers. I share the Sophos vision for bringing together a powerful ensemble of next-gen technologies to dramatically improve the overall effectiveness of endpoint protection. Along with our world-class technical team at Invincea, I’m looking forward to joining Sophos and helping deliver on this ambitious and exciting vision.”
The deal has been agreed for $100 million in cash, with the option of a $20 million earn-out, which will likely depend on performance targets set by Sophos. Sophos says the deal will develop the firm’s “next-generation endpoint protection strategy with deep learning artificial intelligence algorithms.”
Invincea holds patents for machine and deep learning systems used to detect cyberthreats without relying on signatures. The company’s flagship product, X by Invincea, uses deep learning neural networks and behavioral monitoring to unmask zero-day attacks and previously unknown malware, with the aim of scuppering attacks before damage occurs. An interesting fact is that Sophos has just launched Intercept-X, and at least in product naming, the companies are already integrated.
These technologies will eventually become fully integrated within the Sophos endpoint protection portfolio as Sophos aims to assemble powerful technologies to provide the very best, cutting-edge defenses for customers.
An interesting fact is that Sophos has just launched Intercept-X, and at least in product naming, the companies are already integrated.
Invincea CEO Anup Ghosh and COO Norm Laudermilch will join Sophos in leadership roles.
The Invincea endpoint security portfolio will continue to be supported and sold by the company through current partners and the Sophos Central synchronized security management platform. However, Invincea Labs, a research and development unit, has been separated prior to the buyout and is not included in the deal.
Invincea was featured as a Visionaire in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Security Platforms while Sophos was one of the leaders. This merger solidifies this years predictions that more cybersecurity companies would be acquiring each other or merging.
Sophos launched a video explaining the acquisition and showing details of their plans for 2017 and beyond. Watch the video below.