Sophos buys security start-up to boost public cloud offerings

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Sophos has acquired security start-up Avid Secure, taking control of the emerging provider to boost public cloud offerings.

Founded in 2017, the San Francisco-based business specializes in next-generation cloud infrastructure, with artificial intelligence expertise across analytics, compliance and DevSecOps.

Specifically, the start-up offers ‘end-to-end protection’ in public cloud services across Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

“The accelerated adoption of public cloud environments is presenting new data security challenges to organizations,” said Dan Schiappa, senior vice president and general manager of products at Sophos.

“With the cloud workload protection and the cloud security posture management software from Avid Secure, Sophos will expand its current capabilities in cloud security and drive leadership in this growing space.”

From a technology perspective, Avid Secure partners with AWS, SentinelOne and Splunk, in addition to HashiCorp and Allgress.

Furthermore, the business has integration agreements in place with Microsoft Azure, Slack and Okta, spanning cloud security monitoring, governance, risk and compliance and DevSecOps processes.

“We welcome the Avid Secure team to Sophos and are excited to bring their transformational technology into our portfolio, strengthening our ability to offer the best protection for our customers’ data on endpoints and networks, wherever their services are hosted,” Schiappa added.

With the acquisition effective immediately, Avid Secure also has engineering operations in Gurgaon, India.

“We built the Avid Secure platform to revolutionize the security of public cloud environments in a process efficient way,” said Nikhil Gupta, CEO and co-founder of Avid Secure.

“We are proud of our innovative AI powered technology that provides enterprises with end-to-end continuous security analytics, visibility, and compliance to protect their data and maximize their investments in public cloud services.

“The opportunity to join Sophos in their mission to evolve cyber security into an intelligent, integrated system presented a perfect fit for our engineering vision. I, and the whole team at Avid Secure look forward to what we can achieve together.”

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