IBM Security today announced that it has entered an agreement to acquire endpoint security platform startup ReaQta BV for an undisclosed price.
Founded in 2014, ReaQta offers an endpoint security platform that leverages artificial intelligence to identify and manage threats while remaining undetectable to adversaries automatically. The company’s Active Defense Intelligence Platform provides clients with advanced detection and response capabilities without requiring additional or highly skilled personnel.
Pitched as simplifying the process of detecting and handling new threats, ReaQta says that its highly integrated intelligence platform delivers clients flexibility and speed. The platform is said to perform complex analysis that was previously possible only with large and highly specialized teams with a dynamic approach that protects organizations now and into the future.
ReaQta’s behavioral-based platform helps stop known and unknown threats in real-time and can be deployed in a hybrid model – on-premises or in the cloud as well as in air-gapped environments. Through deep learning done natively on the endpoint, the platform constantly improves on defining threat behavior tailored to each business per endpoint, allowing it to block any abnormal behavior.
The company is certainly strong in its self-description. Along with claiming it was founded by an “elite team of offensive and defensive cybersecurity experts,” ReaQta claims to “blaze the trail in replacing failing legacy cybersecurity technologies with a ground-breaking approach.”
For IBM Security, the acquisition of ReaQta will enhance its capabilities in the extended detection and response market.
“Our mission at ReaQta has been to better equip the defenders, who are tirelessly striving to stay ahead of cyber threats, with advanced technology to quickly identify and block new attacks,” Alberto Pelliccione, chief executive officer at ReaQta, said in a statement. “Joining forces with IBM will enable us to enhance and scale our unique AI capabilities across all types of environments via a proven platform for threat detection and response.”
Along with the acquisition, IBM Security also announced new XDR offerings under the QRadar brand. IBM QRadar XDR is designed to help security analysts break down the silos between the proliferation of point products in the industry. In doing so, the service provides comprehensive visibility across security tools and data sources.
Coming into its acquisition, ReaQta had raised $2.8 million in venture capital funding, according to Crunchbase. Investors include Integra Partners, Investlink, Fortino Capital and Alpha Intelligence Capital.
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