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Sophos buys Capsule8 to boost adaptive cybersecurity ecosystem

DUBAI, July 11, 2021

Sophos, a key player in next-generation cybersecurity, has announced that it has acquired Capsule8, a pioneer in runtime visibility, detection and response for Linux production servers and containers covering on-premise and cloud workloads.
Founded in 2016, Capsule8 is privately held and headquartered in New York.
As per the deal, Sophos will be integrating Capsule8 technology into its recently launched Adaptive Cybersecurity Ecosystem (ACE), providing powerful and lightweight Linux server and cloud container security within this open platform.
Sophos will also feature Capsule8 technology in its Extended Detection and Response (XDR) solutions, Intercept X server protection products, and Sophos Managed Threat Response (MTR) and Rapid Response services, saisd the company in a statement.
This will further expand and enhance Sophos’ data lake and deliver continuous, fresh intelligence for advanced threat hunting, security operations and customer protection practices, it stated. 
“Sophos already protects more than two million servers for over 85,000 customers worldwide, and the Sophos server security business is growing at more than 20% per year,” said Dan Schiappa, chief product officer, Sophos.
“Comprehensive server protection is a crucial component of any effective cybersecurity strategy that organisations of all sizes are increasingly focused on, especially as more workloads move to the cloud. With Capsule8, Sophos will be delivering advanced, differentiated solutions to protect server environments, and expanding its position as a global cybersecurity provider,” he added.
Capsule8 is dedicated to the development of Linux security and has billings growth of 77% in the year to March 31, 2021.
Driven by the growth in cloud platforms, Linux has become the dominant operating system for server workloads. Capsule8’s high-performance, low-impact design is ideal for Linux servers, especially those used for high-scale workloads, production infrastructure and storing critical business data.
“Capsule8 is a purpose-built detection and response platform for Linux. We provide security teams with the visibility they need to protect Linux production infrastructure against unwanted behaviour, while at the same time addressing cost, performance and reliability concerns,” remarked its CEO John Viega.
“We’ve made new approaches to deliver runtime security in a much safer and more cost-effective way than anyone else in the industry. With Capsule8’s technology, organisations are no longer forced to choose between system stability and security risk,” he added. 
SophosLabs threat intelligence reveals that adversaries are designing tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) aimed specifically at Linux systems, often exploiting server software as an initial entry point. After gaining a foothold, attackers commonly deploy scripts to perform further automated actions. 
Sophos expects to begin early access programmes with its products and services leveraging the Capsule8 technology later this fiscal year.-TradeArabia News Service


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