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Friday, 23 July 2021 15:10

Sophos acquires Braintrace for NDR technology

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Sophos CTO Joe Levy Sophos CTO Joe Levy

Security vendor Sophos has acquired network detection and response provider Braintrace.

The acquisition will allow Sophos to add Braintrace's proprietary network detection and response (NDR) technology to its portfolio.

Braintrace's NDR provides deep visibility into network traffic patterns without the need for man-in-the-middle decryption.

"You can't protect what you don't know is there, and businesses of all sizes often miscalculate their assets and attack surface, both on-premises and in the cloud. Attackers take advantage of this, often going after weakly protected assets as a means of initial access. Defenders benefit from an 'air traffic control system' that sees all network activity, reveals unknown and unprotected assets, and exposes evasive malware more reliably than intrusion protection systems (IPS)," said Sophos CTO Joe Levy.

"We're particularly excited that Braintrace built this technology specifically to provide better security outcomes to their managed detection and response (MDR) customers. It's hard to beat the effectiveness of solutions built by teams of skilled practitioners and developers to solve real world cybersecurity problems."

Braintrace's NDR technology will be integrated into the Sophos Adaptive Cybersecurity Ecosystem, where Sophos says it will significantly improve threat detection, threat hunting and response to suspicious activity.

"NDR is critical to successful threat hunting. Braintrace's competitive differentiation is its unique NDR technology that our MDR analysts leveraged for finding, interrupting and remediating cyberattacks," said Braintrace CEO and co-founder Bret Laughlin.

"With our own NDR technology, the team responds faster and more accurately because of the real-time, automated visibility and threat verification they have into encrypted traffic. We built Braintrace's NDR technology from the ground up for detection and now, with Sophos, it will fit into a complete system to provide cross-product detection and response across a multi-vendor ecosystem."

Braintrace's developers, data scientists and security analysts have joined Sophos' global managed threat response and rapid response teams.

Sophos plans to introduce Braintrace's NDR technology for MTR and XDR in the first half of 2022.


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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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