Alert Logic Acquires Critical Watch to Improve Security Analytics

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Security and compliance company Alert Logic announced Tuesday that it has acquired Critical Watch to enhance its vulnerability and security analytics capabilities. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The two main products offered by Critical Watch are FusionVM, a vulnerability assessment, PCI compliance and configuration auditing service, and Active Countermeasure Intelligence (ACI) Platform. The ACI Platform analyzes a range of security information to provide exposure and defense modeling and countermeasure recommendations.

“Critical Watch has delivered proven security intelligence and vulnerability management solutions to some of the world’s most demanding enterprises,” said Gray Hall, CEO of Alert Logic. “The integration of the Critical Watch team and their related technologies into the Alert Logic portfolio will enable us to more quickly reach our stated goal of providing outcome-focused security for our customers.”

Both companies are headquartered in Texas, and both have offered security-as-a-service products for over a decade. Critical Watch was named a 2013 Cool Vendor for Security Intelligence by Gartner. No details about staff or product integration were provided with the announcement.

Alert Logic, which was acquired by private equity firm Welsh Carson in August 2013, received a boost a couple of months later when its solutions were bundled into AWS Activate startup business plans.

Although the products of both companies were developed for customers with on premises, hybrid or cloud deployments, the focus is shifting towards cloud services. Critical Watch CEO and co-founder Eva Bunker called Alert Logic “one of the fastest-growing cloud security providers.”

Recent cybersecurity acquisitions include Microsoft’s acquisition of Aorato in November and Cisco’s acquisition of Neohapsis in December. Tom Millitzer called in December for as-a-service sectors to be active in mergers and acquisitions this year.

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