VMware purchases E8 Security

VMware announced last week it has acquired California-based cybersecurity startup E8 Security. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

E8 Security’s Fusion Platform leverages machine learning to identify cyber threats. Its purpose is to pinpoint malicious behavior and address vulnerabilities.

As part of the acquisition, VMware intends to incorporate E8’s technology into its Workspace ONE endpoint management platform, which helps secure and manage applications over devices. The company said this will provide customers with a single platform to simplify management and security, while correlating data for detecting and responding to cyber threats early.

“By combining our technology with the insights, app analytics, and powerful automation capabilities of Workspace ONE, VMware customers will be able to benefit from a simplified way to leverage data from multiple security solutions and provide behavior-based threat detection and risk analysis,” wrote E8 Security CEO Matt Jones in a post.

The news followed on the heels of VMware announcing updates to its Workspace ONE platform. The company said it was bringing data-driven intelligence to the platform to improve the end user experience and enable predictive security across the perimeter-less environment. It is now able to gather data from various users, applications and networks to pinpoint risks and resolve issues before they impact productivity.

“We are on a journey with customers to help them break down management and security silos to drive predictive security and improve the employee experience across their organizations,” wrote Senior Vice President and General Manager of VMware’s End-User Computing (EUC) business Sumit Dhawan in a blog post. “We expect that adding E8 Security’s capabilities to Workspace ONE will accelerate this journey and help us continue to deliver an industry-leading digital workspace platform.”

This marks the second security startup that VMware has acquired this year. In February, the company announced it was purchasing cloud configuration-management startup CloudCoreo to further secure hybrid cloud environments. Usings CloudCoreo’s technology, customers can keep tabs on their infrastructure stack to provide insights and shared visibility across security and DevOps teams, according to the company.

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