Fortinet acquires SOAR provider CyberSponse

Fortinet has completed the acquisition of CyberSponse, a leading platform provider of security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR), based in Arlington, Virginia, said Fortinet in an announcement this week.

The company is a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions while CyberSponse is already a Fortinet Security Fabric partner.

The acquisition will allow CyberSponse to further extend the automation and incident response capabilities of FortiAnalyzer, FortiSIEM and FortiGate, for example, and further simplify security operations.

Today’s cyberthreat landscape is constantly evolving while the increasing number of point security products adds to alert fatigue that exacerbates an already complex security operations environment that is set against a shortage of cybersecurity skills.

To combat this complexity, enterprises and service providers seek to simplify their operations and maximise the efficiency of today’s security operations centres (SOCs) by consolidating and triaging alerts from a wide range of security products, automate the analysis and the repetitive tasks to save valuable resources, and leverage well-defined playbooks to enable real time incident response.

Ken Xie, founder and CEO at Fortinet, said the growing number of security tools being deployed by enterprises have caused operational complexities that make organisations more vulnerable to breaches.

“With the integration of CyberSponse’s powerful SOAR platform into the Fortinet Security Fabric, we will offer customers accelerated incident response and the ability to standardise and scale processes to enhance security posture and reduce business risk and associated costs,” he said.

Jon Oltsik, senior principal analyst and fellow at Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), said that organisations are still looking for advanced incident response (IR) capabilities to boost efficiency.

To meet these goals, large organisations will gladly embrace a SOAR solution from Fortinet that can help them enhance automation, orchestration and response capabilities and maximise efficiencies, savings as well as speed, he said.

Joseph Loomis, founder and CSO at CyberSponse, said the combined powerhouse of Fortinet’s Security Fabric and CyberSponse’s SOAR technology will ensure customers are protected by the most sophisticated global security operations platform that includes hundreds of integrations enabling streamlined out-of-the-box playbook execution.

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