Webroot snaps up machine learning analytics firm CyberFlow

CyberFlow Analytics' FlowScape technology is one the main prizes secured through the buyout.

Webroot has announced the acquisition of CyberFlow Analytics, a firm which specializes in harnessing machine learning technology to automatically detect cybersecurity threats.

On Monday, the Broomfield, CO-based company said the move enhances Webroot's "ability to address the explosion of internet-connected devices and an increasingly complex threat landscape."

Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.

CyberFlow Analytics' FlowScape technology is a highlight of the acquisition. The SaaS-based cybersecurity solution, available in versions suitable for the enterprise and SMBs, implements machine learning to sift through network noise to detect patterns and network anomalies associated with potential threats.

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CyberFlow Analytics

This, in turn, cuts down the time analysts must spend monitoring networks and may increase efficiency in discovering active attacks -- and thereby, reduce the damage caused by threat actors.

FlowScape can identify problems in both IPv4 and IPv6 traffic and analysts can view alerts via a security information and event management (SIEM) system or a standalone FlowScape console which offers visual aids including behavioral clusters in order to warn IT professionals of emerging threats and high-risk activities detected over time.

"This solution can identify and alert on potentially malicious activity that deviates from normal traffic in milliseconds," Dick Williams, Webroot CEO commented.

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FlowScape is currently available as part of a pilot program, with full availability and integration into an extended product range anticipated in 2017.

Tom Caldwell, co-founder of CyberFlow Analytics commented:

"By using unsupervised machine learning for real-time detection of anomalous high risk activity, CyberFlow Analytics has solved a problem that previously required significant manpower and resources.

We are very excited to join Webroot and enhance both FlowScape and Webroot next-generation security solutions."

Last week, Volkswagen announced the creation of cybersecurity firm Cymotive which will specialize in digital threats to vehicles, a new and worrying trend in the threat landscape.

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