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Microsoft buys CloudKnox Security; Sophos buys Braintrace


Sophos today announced that it has acquired Salt Lake City-based Braintrace, “further enhancing Sophos’ adaptive cybersecurity ecosystem with Braintrace’s proprietary Network Detection and Response (NDR) technology,” says the company statement. . Two weeks ago the company had already announced the acquisition of Capsule8. Braintrace’s NDR provides deep visibility into network traffic patterns, including encrypted traffic, without the need for Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) style decryption.

Yesterday, Microsoft announced the acquisition of CloudKnox Security, which specializes in Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM). The advantage of CloudKnox, according to Microsoft, is to offer complete visibility into privileged access. “It helps organizations get the right size permissions and consistently apply least privilege principles to reduce risk, and it employs ongoing analytics to help prevent security breaches and ensure compliance,” adds the company.

The acquisition of CloudKnox, adds Microsoft, allows Microsoft Azure Active Directory customers to have granular visibility, continuous monitoring and automated remediation for hybrid and multi-cloud permissions. The company’s statement says “We are committed to providing our customers with unified privileged access management, identity governance and rights management, including:

  • Automated and simplified access policy enforcement on an integrated, multi-cloud platform for all workload and human identities.
  • The widest range of anomaly detections based on high-precision machine learning and signal enablement.
  • Seamless integration with other Microsoft cloud security services including Microsoft 365 Defender, Azure Defender and Azure Sentinel.”

In the announcement of the Braintrace acquisition, Sophos informs that as part of the acquisition, developers, data scientists and security analysts have joined the company’s global Managed Threat Response (MTR) and Rapid Response teams: “The services business Sophos MTR and Rapid Response expanded rapidly, establishing Sophos as one of the world’s largest and fastest growing MDR providers, with over 5,000 active customers.”


Source: CisoAdvisor

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