Arbor buys Sydney security startup Packetloop

Yet another startup operating at the juncture of big data and security has found itself in the sights of a multinational seeking to pay big to better fill out its offerings.

Arbor Networks has purchased Sydney security company Packetloop for an undisclosed sum, aiming to boost its local presence through it.

Packetloop is expected to sit alongside Arbor's Peakflow and Pravail products, which provide internal network intelligence and distributed denial-of-service protection, respectively. Packetloop takes these products another step farther by combining packet capture and network intelligence with big data analysis.

Arbor is also placing further support behind the fledgling startup, with Packetloop CEO and co-founder Scott Crane stating on its closing blog post that under its new parent company, it will establish a research and development centre in Sydney.

Additional benefits for the startup include increasing the size of its development team, providing access to Arbor's current intelligence teams and feeds, and tapping into Arbor's existing engineering staff.

Packetloop's current operations remain unaffected by the acquisition, with the company continuing to sign up new customers, but under the Arbor Packetloop branding.

Security vendors, tech companies, and even banks have been pushing for the use of big data in analysing network logs or packets, either by developing their own offerings in-house or snapping up startups.

In May, Blue Coat Systems purchased Solera Networks for this very reason, and in the same month, Hewlett-Packard said that the technology will help identify each stage of a breach . RSA is another company that has been in the big data sphere for security, with its vice president Art Coviello believing that it will finally give organisations the ability to outpace criminals .


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