Sophos Acquires Capsule8 For Linux Security


Cyber security vendor Sophos has acquired Capsule8 to overhaul its protection of Linux systems through its own offerings. Acquired for an unknown sum, the acquisition will see Sophos integrate Capsule8 technology, which is aimed at Linux cyber security, to its Adaptive Cybersecurity Ecosystem to provide Linux server and cloud container security later in the fiscal year. 

It also plans to add Capsule8 tech to its Extended Detection and Response solutions, Intercept X server protection products, as well as its Sophos Managed Threat Response and Rapid Response services. 

“Comprehensive server protection is a crucial component of any effective cyber security strategy that organisations of all sizes are increasingly focused on, especially as more workloads move to the cloud,” said Dan Schiappa, chief product officer at Sophos. 

“With Capsule8, Sophos is delivering advanced, differentiated solutions to protect server environments, and expanding its position as a leading global cybersecurity provider.” 

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By tapping into Capsule8’s Linux cyber security technology, Sophos claims it will be able to provide improved protection against hackers using tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP) that specifically target Linux systems, which typically go after server software exploits, according to its research arm SophosLabs. 

The announcement comes two months after Sophos launched a point-of-presence in a Sydney data centre in order to provide additional regional capacity for its cloud products. 

The vendor is to house a “secure” Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centre, with all implementation, architecture, security and operations of the Sophos Central platform run by its own team.

Last year, private equity firm Thoma Bravo completed a $3.9 billion acquisition of Sophos, seeing the cyber security vendor return to private ownership nearly five years after going public on the London Stock Exchange.