Palo Alto Networks agrees to acquire VC-backed Cyvera for about $200 mln

Palo Alto Networks has agreed to buy Cyvera for approximately $200 million. Based in Tel Aviv, Cyvera is a cybersecurity firm. Its backers include Battery Ventures and Blumberg Capital.

PRESS RELEASE

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Palo Alto Networks® PANW -4.40% , today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Cyvera, a privately held cybersecurity company located in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Under the terms of the agreement, Palo Alto Networks will acquire all of the outstanding capital stock of Cyvera for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $200 million. The acquisition is expected to close during the second half of fiscal 2014, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory reviews.
Named a cool vendor in security by Gartner in 2013 (“cool vendors in security:Infrastructure Protection 2013″)*, Cyvera, which has 55 employees, has developed a highly innovative offering that protects enterprises from cyber threats by using a unique approach to block unknown, zero-day attacks on the endpoint.
The addition of this unique capability to the Palo Alto Networks enterprise security platform will extend customers’ ability to safely enable applications and protect users against known and unknown cyber threats on any device, across any network.
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Cyvera Prevents Attacks at the Right Time and Place
Zero-day cyber attacks represent one of the greatest threats to enterprises, governments, and service provider organizations that rely on a vast array of systems, applications, and devices to run their business. These cyber attacks often exploit a vulnerability known only to the attacker. While there are literally tens of thousands of vulnerabilities an attacker can potentially target, there is a significantly smaller number of exploit techniques they may use to exploit that vulnerability.
While patching software can provide an element of protection, it does little to protect organizations against vulnerabilities that have not yet been discovered by the software manufacturer. Simply detecting the presence of malware is also insufficient since malicious activity may have already been initiated and evasion tactics employed to evade detection. In order to stop zero-day attacks in their tracks, it’s critical to understand the exploit techniques attackers employ. Cyvera has developed a unique method of performing this real-time prevention against all core attack techniques at the endpoint during the exploitation phase, before the malware has a chance to run.
Advanced Threats Demand Highly Integrated, Automated, and Scalable Platform Approach
Today’s sophisticated attacks increasingly rely on a combination of tactics and threat vectors to penetrate an organization and require a new approach to security. Most organizations still rely on legacy point technologies that address only specific types of attacks, phases of an attack, certain devices, or certain network segments. Because of the singular nature of these technologies, they are ill-equipped to detect and prevent today’s advanced cyber attacks.
To address these challenges, Palo Alto Networks developed a new approach: one that begins with positive security controls to reduce the attack surface; blocks all known threats; rapidly detects unknown threats through analysis and correlation of abnormal behavior; then automatically employs advanced exploit prevention mechanisms and policies back to the front line to ensure previously unknown threats are known to all and blocked. This approach is designed to prevent threats from penetrating an organization and greatly reduce the need for costly human remediation.
Adding the unique Cyvera capabilities extends the Palo Alto Networks enterprise security platform to perform next-generation security functions across the network, endpoint, and the cloud.
To learn more about the Palo Alto Networks security platform:
Investor conference call information
Palo Alto Networks will host a conference call for analysts and investors to discuss details of acquisition at 8:00 a.m. Eastern time / 5:00 a.m. Pacific time. Open to the public, investors may access the call by dialing (877) 474-9503 or (857) 244-7556 and entering the passcode 82968997. A live audio webcast of the conference call along with supplemental financial information will also be accessible from the “Investors” section of the company’s website at investors.paloaltonetworks.com . Following the webcast, an archived version will be available on the website for one year. A telephonic replay of the call will be available two hours after the call and will run for five business days and may be accessed by dialing (888) 286-8010 or (617) 801-6888 and entering passcode 32682574.
ABOUT PALO ALTO NETWORKS
Palo Alto Networks is leading a new era in cybersecurity by protecting thousands of enterprise, government, and service provider networks from cyber threats. Unlike fragmented legacy products, our security platform safely enables business operations and delivers protection based on what matters most in today’s dynamic computing environments: applications, users, and content. Find out more at www.paloaltonetworks.com .

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