Cybersecurity software provider Sophos has announced that it acquired UK based SOC.OS, a provider of a cloud-based security alert investigation and triage automation solution. The purchase price was not disclosed.
SOC.OS launched in 2020 and is based in Milton Keynes, UK. The company is a spinout of BAE Systems Digital Intelligence. Current clients include the UK Atomic Energy Authority, Natural History Museum and housing association Gentoo.
The SOC.OS solution consolidates and prioritises high volumes of security alerts from multiple products and platforms across an organization’s estate, allowing security operations teams to quickly understand and respond to the most urgent cases flagged. With SOC.OS, Sophos plans to advance its Managed Threat Response (MTR) and Extended Detection and Response (XDR) solutions. SOC.OS will also provide Sophos’ Adaptive Cybersecurity Ecosystem with a broader set of third-party telemetry, so security analysts have better visibility into important events and alerts.
Sophos is of course one of the world’s leading cybersecurity software vendors, and owned by private equity company Thoma Bravo. As covered earlier in the month – See Cybersecurity buyouts continue at a rapid pace, we continue to see cybersecurity buyouts and acquisitions continuing at a rapid pace as security organisations look for new capabilities that can enhance existing offerings.
Threat response solutions are increasingly becoming more fully featured, offering end to end services, proactive vs reactive threat identification, wider vision of internal and third-party systems, and incorporating innovative technologies such as Artificial intelligence to improve speed of identification and response. Combined with the threat of state sponsored cyber-attacks increasing – See NCSC issues guidance on threat of Russian cyberattacks, a rise in zero day vulnerabilities, a lack of available security personnel and an expanding attack surface due to the IoT and mobile workforces, the need for solutions like that provided by SOC.OS is in high demand.
Posted by: Simon Baxter at 09:05
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