Chris MacFarland CEO of Masergy

Chris MacFarland, CEO of Masergy

Cloud M&A: Masergy Acquires Global DataGuard for Cloud Security Boost

Masergy is looking to boost its security-as-a-service offerings with the acquisition of security services provider Global DataGuard.

Managed networking and cloud services provider Masergy is adding to its security-as-a-service offerings through the acquisition of Global DataGuard. According to Masergy, the acquisition enhances it portfolio with "patented technology that leverages machine learning and expert human intelligence."

Global DataGuard provides "unified security anywhere" and specializes in defending against advanced persistent threats. Targeting Fortune 1000 companies, Global DataGuard provides a variety of security technologies, including packet analysis, intrusion detection and prevention, adaptive behavioral analysis, vulnerability scanning, vendor alerts, correlation systems, an asset database and a security dashboard.

"In today's rapidly evolving threat landscape, discrete signature or rule-based security solutions alone are not adequate from a risk management perspective. And as seen in recent news, even when businesses invest in advanced security solutions, the lack of systematic sharing and correlation of subsystem data and vigilant 24/7 monitoring leaves them exposed to advanced threats,” said Chris MacFarland, CEO of Masergy, in a prepared statement. "Cyber attacks are only going to become more intense and sophisticated—it's a new battlefield. The acquisition of Global DataGuard uniquely positions Masergy to deliver solutions engineered to address these advanced persistent threats."

It looks like Masergy is adding Global DataGuard's products and technology to its security-as-a-service suite of cloud offerings, which the company noted now includes:

  • 24/7 Security Control Center monitoring and reporting by certified security analysts.
  • Patented adaptive, predictive network behavioral analysis.
  • Advanced persistent threat management.
  • Vulnerability management.
  • Security threat intelligence dashboard.
  • Security information and event management.
  • Intrusion detection and prevention.
  • Managed firewall and intelligent Internet management.

"This transaction is a win for both our customers and our employees. Masergy's focus on ongoing innovation and its commitment to delivering a superior client experience is completely consistent with our core operating tenants," said Scott Paly, CEO of Global DataGuard, in a prepared statement. "Together, we will accelerate our rate of innovation and service leadership in cyber security."

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