Posted by: RAH Infotech | April 7, 2014

Palo Alto Networks Announces Agreement to Acquire Cyvera

Combination creates game-changing enterprise security platform that spans, Network, Endpoint, and the Cloud

Palo Alto Networks®  announced a definitive agreement to acquire Cyvera, a privately held cybersecurity company located in Tel-Aviv, Israel.  Under the terms of the agreement, Palo Alto Networks will acquire all of the outstanding capital stock of Cyvera for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $200 million. The acquisition is expected to close during the second half of fiscal 2014, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory reviews.

Named a cool vendor in security by Gartner in 2013 (“Cool Vendors in Security: Infrastructure Protection 2013”)*, Cyvera, which has 55 employees, has developed a highly innovative offering that protects enterprises from cyber threats by using a unique approach to block unknown, zero-day attacks on the endpoint.

The addition of this unique 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.

Cyvera Prevents Attacks at the Right Time and Place

Zero-day cyber attacks represent one of the greatest threats to enterprises, governments, and service provider organizations that rely on a vast array of systems, applications, and devices to run their business.  These cyber attacks often exploit a vulnerability known only to the attacker.  While there are literally tens of thousands of vulnerabilities an attacker can potentially target, there is a significantly smaller number of exploit techniques they may use to exploit that vulnerability.

While patching software can provide an element of protection, it does little to protect organizations against vulnerabilities that have not yet been discovered by the software manufacturer. Simply detecting the presence of malware is also insufficient since malicious activity may have already been initiated and evasion tactics employed to evade detection.  In order to stop zero-day attacks in their tracks, it’s critical to understand the exploit techniques attackers employ.  Cyvera has developed a unique method of performing this real-time prevention against all core attack techniques at the endpoint during the exploitation phase, before the malware has a chance to run.

Advanced Threats Demand Highly Integrated, Automated, and Scalable Platform Approach   

Today’s sophisticated attacks increasingly rely on a combination of tactics and threat vectors to penetrate an organization and require a new approach to security.  Most organizations still rely on legacy point technologies that address only specific types of attacks, phases of an attack, certain devices, or certain network segments.  Because of the singular nature of these technologies, they are ill-equipped to detect and prevent today’s advanced cyber attacks.

To address these challenges, Palo Alto Networks developed a new approach: one that begins with positive security controls to reduce the attack surface; blocks all known threats; rapidly detects unknown threats through analysis and correlation of abnormal behavior; then automatically employs advanced exploit prevention mechanisms and policies back to the front line to ensure previously unknown threats are known to all and blocked.  This approach is designed to prevent threats from penetrating an organization and greatly reduce the need for costly human remediation.

Adding the unique Cyvera capabilities extends the Palo Alto Networks enterprise security platform to perform next-generation security functions across the network, endpoint, and the cloud.

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