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Sophos Group has announced that it has acquired the startup Capsule8 by Linux. Sophos will integrate their Adaptive Cybersecurity Ecosystem with Capsule8’s attack detection technology.

Capsule8 was founded back in 2016 specifically for Linux production environments. It provides attack detection for clients whether their software is deployed in the cloud or on-premises, even if they’re using bare-metal servers that do not have pre-installed software, virtualized computers, or software containers.

Their primary platform, Capsule8 Protect, has been pitched to be a way to liberate security operations teams who need to manage high volumes of operations manually. It has replaced multiple legacy controls via a single solution to detect and prevent exploits, all in real-time. However, it also still preserves the reliability and performance of production infrastructures.

This sophisticated platform can detect a broad range of cybersecurity attacks, including unusual application behavior, privilege file operations, suspicious interactive shells, new file behavior, container escapes, memory corruption, and userland and kernel backdoors.

Notably, ActBlue, Fastly, Betterment, Snowflake, Mimecast Services, Bison Trails, and Databricks are customers of Capsule8. The platform supports all primary Linux orchestrators such as CoreOS, Docker, and Kubernetes. It also supports configuration tools such as Ansible and Puppet.

Cybersecurity company Sophos expands its portfolio with Capsule8

Sophos is a cybersecurity firm that has acquired Capsule8. The price of the acquisition has not been disclosed.

Sophos is planning to integrate Capsule8’s technology with its Adaptive Cybersecurity Ecosystem, which will provide a lightweight and robust Linux server with cloud container security within its open platform. Sophos will also utilize Capsule 8 technology within its Intercept X sever protection products, Rapid Response, Managed Threat Response solutions, and their Extended Detection and Response services.

The CEO of Capsule8, John Viega, stated, “With Capsule8’s technology, organizations are no longer forced to choose between system stability and security risk. However, given the growth and mission-critical nature of Linux environments and the fast-changing, targeted threat landscape, organizations must be confident that their Linux environments are both performant and secure.”

This is the fifteenth acquisition made by Sophos. They previously acquired Surfright, Invincea Inc., and Avid Secure Inc. in a bid to expand their detection and response solutions and services.