Trustwave agrees to buy M86 Security

The deal will see M86's real-time zero-day protection products in the hands of new owners.


Trustwave has agreed to acquire M86 Security, the young company that claims to offer real-time zero-day threat protection.

The deal is expected to close in the next few weeks and no financial terms were disclosed, Trustwave said.

"By acquiring M86 Security, Trustwave is adding web security to one of the industry's most comprehensive security product portfolios including our compliance, application, network and data security solutions," said Robert McCullen, chairman, CEO and president of Trustwave.

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"Customers and partners will benefit from our simplified approach to delivering advanced anti-malware technology through the cloud and our managed services."

Trustwave has a tremendously successful track record of not only finding, acquiring and integrating security companies but also continuing to innovate.

As for what Trustwave gains from the acquisition, it will benefit from plenty of M86 IP, including cloud-based technology that M86 Security is currently developing to protect businesses from targeted attacks in emails.

But M86's key differentiator comes in the way it detects threats. Instead of relying on a signature-based system, M86 looks at the code going through businesses' web-based transactions and, using complex algorithms, detects suspicious activity. Therefore, no database is needed and new threats are, in theory, blocked.

"Trustwave has a tremendously successful track record of not only finding, acquiring and integrating security companies but also continuing to innovate their products and technologies," said John Vigouroux, CEO of M86.

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"Customers and partners have a lot to look forward to as the combination of Trustwave and M86 Security gives them access to a broader, unified security portfolio powered by the industry's most advanced threat technology intelligence."

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