Sophos Acquires Security Analytics Start Up in Ireland

Sophos Press Release

Oxford, U.K. – November 1, 2016 Sophos (LSE:SOPH) a global leader in network and endpoint security, today announced that it has acquired Barricade, a pioneering start-up with a powerful behavior-based analytics engine built on machine learning techniques. The team and technology from Barricade will strengthen Sophos’ synchronized security capabilities and its next-generation network and endpoint protection portfolio.

The developers and data scientists at Barricade have created a technology platform that can significantly enhance the ability to identify malicious or suspicious behavior. Using machine learning and artificial intelligence, it extends the capabilities of rule-based detection technologies that will be increasingly challenged to keep up with the growth of sophisticated and complex attack patterns.

“Barricade has an impressive team of experts in data science and machine learning, and they share the Sophos vision for security made simple,” commented Bill Lucchini, senior vice president and general manager of the Cloud Security Group at Sophos. “Delivering advanced protection to partners and customers without adding layers of complexity is at the core of our product strategy. Enterprise-grade security should be available to all organizations, and the acquisition of Barricade will accelerate the next phase of synchronized security innovation across the Sophos Central management platform.”

Sophos is recognized as a leader in endpoint and network protection with a growing set of next-generation technologies that leverage behavior-based analytics, such as the signatureless threat and exploit detection and root cause analysis recently released in Sophos Intercept X.

“We share the same development philosophy as Sophos - IT security can be complex but managing security products shouldn’t be,” said David Coallier, CEO at Barricade. “We are proud of the technology we have built and are pleased to join the team at Sophos focused on artificial intelligence and machine learning based security analytics. Driving the development of our technology into a comprehensive security solution that every IT professional can use presents us with the next phase in our exciting journey.”

Sophos will maintain the offices in Cork, Republic of Ireland. Barricade CEO David Coallier and the team of developers, data scientists and engineers will join the Sophos Cloud group that reports into general manager and senior vice president of the Sophos Cloud Security Group, Bill Lucchini.

À propos de Sophos

Leader mondial de la cybersécurité Next Gen, Sophos protège près de 400 000 organisations de toutes tailles dans plus de 150 pays contre les cybermenaces les plus avancées.

Avec le support permanent des SophosLabs, le réseau mondial de centres d'analyse des menaces de Sophos, les solutions « Cloud native » et augmentées par l’IA de Sophos protègent les systèmes (postes de travail, portables, serveurs et mobiles) et les réseaux contre les tactiques et techniques cybercriminelles en constante évolution, notamment les attaques actives ou automatisées, les ransomwares, les malwares, les exploits, le vol de données, le phishing et bien d’autres menaces. La plate-forme primée Sophos Central, basée dans le Cloud, intègre l'ensemble de la gamme de produits Sophos de nouvelle génération, de la solution de protection des systèmes Intercept X au XG Firewall, dans un système unifié de sécurité synchronisée. Les produits Sophos sont exclusivement disponibles via un réseau mondial de plus de 47 000 partenaires et fournisseurs de services administrés (MSP - Managed Service Providers). Sophos met également ses technologies innovantes à la disposition du grand public pour un usage domestique via Sophos Home. La société, dont le siège social est situé à Oxford, au Royaume-Uni, est cotée à la Bourse de Londres sous le symbole "SOPH".