Facebook buys server security startup PrivateCore

Summary:Facebook plans to deploy PrivateCore's technology into the Facebook stack over time to help protect users.

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Facebook announced Thursday that it has acquired the server security startup PrivateCore. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

Founded by security vets from VMware and Google, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company develops software to validate and secure server data. Their vCage technology can be used to protect servers from persistent malware, unauthorized physical access, and malicious hardware devices in order to lower the risk of running applications in outsourced, hosted or cloud environments.

PrivateCore CEO Oded Horovitz wrote in a blog post announcing the acquisition that Facebook plans to deploy PrivateCore's technology into the Facebook stack, which will also enable its platform to scale and become more robust.

"Since the beginning, we have worked tirelessly on our technology to protect servers from malware threats, unauthorized physical access, and malicious hardware devices," Horovitz wrote. "Working together with Facebook, there is a huge opportunity to pursue our joint vision at scale with incredible impact. I believe that PrivateCore's technology and expertise will help support Facebook’s mission to help make the world more open and connected, in a secure and trusted way."

In it's own announcement of the deal, Facebook's Joe Sullivan said PrivateCore backs up the social network's push to secure all datacenter traffic with additional protections, following the completion of HTTPS encryption a year ago. 


Topics: Social Enterprise, Security, Servers


Natalie Gagliordi is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in Louisville, Kentucky, covering business technology for ZDNet. She previously worked as the editor of Kiosk Marketplace, an online B2B trade publication that focused on interactive self-service technology, while also contributing to additional websites that covered retail tec... Full Bio

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