IBM acquires Randori to streamline threat detection

IBM announced the acquisition of Randori to streamline its line of threat detection and response solutions. The transaction was made public on Monday, but financial details were not disclosed.

Founded in 2018, Randori is led by co-founder and CEO Brian Hazzard. The company markets itself as a leader in attack surface management and offensive security, acting as a “trusted adversary” for its customers.

“The Randori attack platform mirrors today’s adversaries, helping security teams discover gaps, assess risk, and improve over time by delivering an unparalleled attack experience to the scale,” says Randori. The company has already secured over $30 million in funding. Clients include Meijer, Greenhill and FirstBank.

The best defense is attack

The IBM acquisition, revealed at the RSAC 2022 conference, is intended to bolster the tech giant’s hybrid cloud strategy. One facet of this strategy is to support customers with cybersecurity solutions implemented in the cloud rather than on-premises.

Cybersecurity goes far beyond endpoint defense and signature virus detection. Hardly a week goes by without hearing about a business-impacting data breach or security incident, and both defensive and offensive expertise is needed to mitigate threats current.

Randori positions himself as a threat actor, scanning enterprise networks and devices for gaps and weaknesses, allowing security teams to tackle problems before cyberattackers attack them. take advantage.

IBM bolsters its XDR offerings

Randori’s purchase follows on from IBM’s acquisition of endpoint security company ReaQta in November 2021. ReaQta uses artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, a technology area to which IBM takes a keen interest, to “automatically identify and manage threats” while masking its own presence from potential threat actors.

IBM’s new company has paved the way for the launch of QRadar XDR, an extended detection and response (XDR) suite. Randori’s software will be integrated with QRadar once the acquisition is complete.

“We launched Randori so that every organization would have access to the attacker’s perspective,” commented Brian Hazzard. “To stay ahead of today’s threats, you need to know what’s exposed and how attackers see your environment – ​​that’s exactly what Randori provides. By joining forces with IBM, we can dramatically accelerate this vision and strategy. »


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