Sophos Acquires Capsule8 to Beef up Linux Protection


British anti-malware powerhouse Sophos has acquired Capsule8 to beef up the Linux protection capabilities to its endpoint detection and response product stack.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Capsule8, based in New York, raised $30 million in venture capital investments since launching in 2016.  Capsule8’s investors include Intel Capital, Rain Capital, ClearSky and Bessemer Venture Partners.

For Sophos, the Capsule8 technology adds runtime visibility, detection and response for Linux production servers and containers covering both on-premises and cloud workloads.

“Comprehensive server protection is a crucial component of any effective cybersecurity strategy. This deal expands our portfolio of Detection and Response Solutions and Services for underprotected server and cloud environments,” said Dan Schiappa, chief product officer at Sophos.

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Schiappa said the plan is to integrate the Capsule8’s capabilities and technologies into multiple Sophos product lines, including  Extended Detection and Response (XDR) solutions, Intercept X server protection products, and Sophos Managed Threat Response (MTR) and Rapid Response services.

In practice, the Capsule8 acquisition gives Sophos new Linux telemetry and event information, beefing up the company’s data lake with additional context for advanced threat hunting and security operations.

Sophos, acquired in 2019 by private equity firm Thoma Bravo in a $3.9 billion deal, has been aggressive on the acquisition front, purchasing several startups including Invincea, Avid Secure and Cyberoam Technologies.

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