Bit9 merges with Carbon Black for APT incident response technology

Adds $32 million of VC funding

Up and coming US security firm Bit9 has merged with small but high-regarded 'incident response' startup Carbon Black in a deal that will also see $38.25 million (£23.3 million) of venture funding used to seed the joint operation going forward.

The terms of the deal have not been disclosed but it's clear that the venture funds behind both firms saw more value in having the pair working together and stumped up the new money with that in mind.

The sum has been raised from a collection of previous Bit9 VCs plus Blackstone, which put money into the Texas-based Carbon Black, founded in 2011. Bit9's total investment is now $120 million.

Carbon Black's product is a sensor that records all endpoint and server events so that they can be sifted later on by a backend 'big data' system should a breach be suspected.

The idea is that this is a better incident response system than ploughing through logs or using complex forensics. The concept is that prevention is imperfect but detection and response can still make the difference.

"We founded Carbon Black to dramatically lower the cost and complexity of incident response," said Mike Viscuso, Carbon Black's CEO, who will now take up the post of Bit9's chief strategy officer.

Bit9 itself was founded arrived around a decade ago as a whitelisting and endpoint tech firm but it is only in the last three years that it has made a name for itself despite experiencing a hiccup a year ago when attackers compromised a server holding one of the firm's own digital certificates.

Join the CSO newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Bit9NetworkingsecurityBlackstone

Show Comments

Featured Whitepapers

Editor's Recommendations

Solution Centres

Stories by John E Dunn

Latest Videos

  • 150x50

    CSO Webinar: Will your data protection strategy be enough when disaster strikes?

    Speakers: - Paul O’Connor, Engagement leader - Performance Audit Group, Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO) - Nigel Phair, Managing Director, Centre for Internet Safety - Joshua Stenhouse, Technical Evangelist, Zerto - Anthony Caruana, CSO MC & Moderator

    Play Video

  • 150x50

    CSO Webinar: The Human Factor - Your people are your biggest security weakness

    ​Speakers: David Lacey, Researcher and former CISO Royal Mail David Turner - Global Risk Management Expert Mark Guntrip - Group Manager, Email Protection, Proofpoint

    Play Video

  • 150x50

    CSO Webinar: Current ransomware defences are failing – but machine learning can drive a more proactive solution

    Speakers • Ty Miller, Director, Threat Intelligence • Mark Gregory, Leader, Network Engineering Research Group, RMIT • Jeff Lanza, Retired FBI Agent (USA) • Andy Solterbeck, VP Asia Pacific, Cylance • David Braue, CSO MC/Moderator What to expect: ​Hear from industry experts on the local and global ransomware threat landscape. Explore a new approach to dealing with ransomware using machine-learning techniques and by thinking about the problem in a fundamentally different way. Apply techniques for gathering insight into ransomware behaviour and find out what elements must go into a truly effective ransomware defence. Get a first-hand look at how ransomware actually works in practice, and how machine-learning techniques can pick up on its activities long before your employees do.

    Play Video

  • 150x50

    CSO Webinar: Get real about metadata to avoid a false sense of security

    Speakers: • Anthony Caruana – CSO MC and moderator • Ian Farquhar, Worldwide Virtual Security Team Lead, Gigamon • John Lindsay, Former CTO, iiNet • Skeeve Stevens, Futurist, Future Sumo • David Vaile - Vice chair of APF, Co-Convenor of the Cyberspace Law And Policy Community, UNSW Law Faculty This webinar covers: - A 101 on metadata - what it is and how to use it - Insight into a typical attack, what happens and what we would find when looking into the metadata - How to collect metadata, use this to detect attacks and get greater insight into how you can use this to protect your organisation - Learn how much raw data and metadata to retain and how long for - Get a reality check on how you're using your metadata and if this is enough to secure your organisation

    Play Video

  • 150x50

    CSO Webinar: How banking trojans work and how you can stop them

    CSO Webinar: How banking trojans work and how you can stop them Featuring: • John Baird, Director of Global Technology Production, Deutsche Bank • Samantha Macleod, GM Cyber Security, ME Bank • Sherrod DeGrippo, Director of Emerging Threats, Proofpoint (USA)

    Play Video

More videos

Blog Posts

Market Place