Sophos Acquires DarkBytes as Foundation of New MDR Services

Sophos Press Release

OXFORD, U.K. – January 29, 2019Sophos (LSE: SOPH), a global leader in network and endpoint security, today announced that it has acquired endpoint security platform company, DarkBytes. DarkBytes offers a unified platform to deliver security operations center services to organizations of all sizes.

Founded with the mission to deliver enterprise-grade endpoint security through lightweight sensors, asset inventorying, managed threat hunting, and automation technologies, DarkBytes launched their first products in March 2018 and have since been gaining traction in this competitive space. DarkBytes brings to Sophos a highly talented team with rich domain experience in managed detection and response (MDR) and Security Orchestration Automation Response (SOAR).

“Sophos predicts that eventually all IT security products will evolve into adaptive, managed services as more organizations realize that they are unable to scale resources fast enough to respond to today’s threats,” commented Joe Levy, chief technology officer at Sophos. “The strength and architecture of the DarkBytes platform will accelerate Sophos’ plans to introduce global managed security services that will eventually span endpoint, firewall, mobile devices, wireless APs, and more. We welcome the DarkBytes team to Sophos and are excited to introduce these services through our partners over the coming months.”

MDR is a managed cybersecurity service designed to detect and respond to intrusions, malware, and malicious activity that often go undetected, enabling a faster response to eliminate and mitigate those threats. MDR augments security capabilities by providing a continuous monitoring service through a trusted third party, delivered through the combined intelligence of automated response and human expertise.

“The endpoint is the new perimeter of cybersecurity. It’s where the attacks happen and where the data lives,” commented Dennis Griffin, founder and former CEO at DarkBytes. “We built our unified platform to simplify high-end security operations using the combination of endpoint sensors and cloud-delivered analytics as the best way to achieve this. Our vision for using cloud-based, next-gen technology to make enterprise-grade cybersecurity simple to use made Sophos a natural home for the next stage of our development. We look forward to delivering the market’s most comprehensive and flexible endpoint security solutions.”

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About DarkBytes

DarkBytes is transforming cyber-security for all organizations with the Unified Endpoint Protection Platform designed to consolidate all critical security controls into a single lightweight agent.

About Sophos

As a worldwide leader in next-generation cybersecurity, Sophos protects more than 400,000 organizations of all sizes in more than 150 countries from today’s most advanced cyberthreats. Powered by SophosLabs – a global threat intelligence and data science team – Sophos’ cloud-native and AI-powered solutions secure endpoints (laptops, servers and mobile devices) and networks against evolving cyberattack techniques, including ransomware, malware, exploits, data exfiltration, active-adversary breaches, phishing, and more. Sophos Central, a cloud-native management platform, integrates Sophos’ entire portfolio of next-generation products, including the Intercept X endpoint solution and the XG next-generation firewall, into a single “synchronized security” system accessible through a set of APIs. Sophos has been driving a transition to next-generation cybersecurity, leveraging advanced capabilities in cloud, machine learning, APIs, automation, managed threat response, and more, to deliver enterprise-grade protection to any size organization. Sophos sells its products and services exclusively through a global channel of more than 47,000 partners and managed service providers (MSPs). Sophos also makes its innovative commercial technologies available to consumers via Sophos Home. The company is headquartered in Oxford, U.K., and is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol “SOPH”. More information is available at www.sophos.com.