Carbon Black Aims To Be Leader In Endpoint Security With Confer Buy
Endpoint security vendor completes fourth acquisition in two and a half years
End-point security vendor Carbon Black has acquired next-generation anti-virus vendor Confer, its fourth acquisition in less than three years. The vendor bought Confer for an undisclosed amount, and adds Confer’s 50 employees to its current headcount of 600 staff members.
Patrick Morley, CEO of Carbon Black, said: “Confer has done a nice job going into the market positioning as a next-generation anti-virus product. We are really excited to have that offering as part of our platform.”
Confer is based in Boston and has been in the market for around four years. The vendor uses behavioural analytics to determine the safety of processes and files as part of its anti-virus solution. Morley said Confer will be renamed CB Defence, and will go to market alongside Carbon Black’s other solutions, CB Response and CB Detection.
“Carbon Black is a well-known brand in security today,” he explained. “We have a lot of global customers who respect us and what we do. Confer is still relatively new to the market and under the Carbon Black name, it will certainly prove itself as a technology. The CB name gives it much more brand awareness.”
It will be integrated with the vendor’s Collective Defence Cloud, which houses a number of solutions in one platform. Morley hopes the integration will be complete by the end of the year. He said this is the largest of the four acquisitions Carbon Black has made in the last two and a half years, and the goal is to be the market leader in end-point security.
“Cybersecurity right now is a highly dynamic space. The acquisition is another step along the path of Carbon Black being the leader in the next-gen end-point space. That’s what we are all about; making sure we are the leader,” he added.
“That means we can offer our customers the most complete platform. We will continue to look, going forward, at building additional functionality but also buying additional products.”
John McCann, managing director at Satisnet, a Carbon Black partner, said: “There is increasing interest in end-point security from our customers. By adding next-generation anti-virus capabilities to their existing portfolio, Carbon Black really is covering all the bases.”
Source: Channel Web Blog