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FireEye Acquires Network Forensics Company nPulse Technologies for $70M

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FireEye has reached an agreement to acquire network forensics company nPulse Technologies Inc. for $70 million, the company announced this week. The acquisition is expected to close in Q2 2014.

FireEye rang 2014 in with a splash when it acquired Mandiant for around $1 billion and made founder Kevin Mandia its COO.

nPulse specializes in cyber attack analytics, and uses the tag line “Network Forensics for the 10 Gig World.” By adding its capabilities FireEye will be able to provide businesses with visibility into the full life cycle of an attack, according to the Washington Business Journal.

“We’re great at determining what happened and what to do about it. But all we would learn was the lowest bounds of the damage,” said Mandia. “We could say, ‘You were compromised on this date, remediated on this date.’ But we couldn’t tell you the number of credit cards that were compromised, for example. With this, we can disclose those details when they matter. And they really do matter.”

nPulse employs about 30 people and operates out of Virginia, as Mandiant did before that company’s acquisition by FireEye.

FireEye will now offer an Enterprise Forensics solution, an industry first according to a post by FireEye Chairman and CEO Dave DeWalt on the company blog.

nPulse and FireEye entered into a technology partnership in February, which DeWalt said demonstrated “how our joint customers benefited from bringing together nPulse network information with FireEye threat intelligence and endpoint data.”

“We like to think of enterprise forensics as adding a flight data recorder – or a black box – to the network.” DeWalt said. “With complete visibility into the network, the FireEye platform will be able to produce higher quality alerts to help protect against threats as well as quickly quantify the impact of a breach following the discovery of malware on a network.”

FireEye’s profile as a threat intelligence company received a boost in February when the company raised the alarm on a possible attempt to steal US military secrets through a veterans’ website.

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