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Huntress Acquires Level Effect EDR to Beef Up Platform

Level Effect will continue to operate as its own independent business.

Edward Gately

January 13, 2021

2 Min Read

Huntress has acquired Level Effect EDR technology to enhance the capabilities of its platform.

Recon, Level Effect’s EDR solution, merges endpoint forensics with network traffic visibility — with no appliance required. Recon can see what’s happening to protected endpoints both internally and externally. It provides visibility and detection of attacker behavior, including payload downloads, lateral movement and more.

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Huntress’ Kyle Hanslovan

Kyle Hanslovan is Huntress‘ founder and CEO.

“Huntress’ acquisition of Level Effect’s Recon technology will allow us to further expand our detection and response capabilities beyond the endpoint, which in turn gives our partners a stronger, more holistic view of their end-customers’ attack surfaces,” he said. “One of the most significant opportunities this will create for our partners is the ability to answer the question how will I protect roaming and remote workstations? Typically, network-aware solutions require a physical or virtual appliance to provide coverage at a single geographic location. This is not the case for Recon. The days of only defending on-premises assets are over. And integrating Recon’s technology into Huntress’ endpoint agent is a perfect example of how the Huntress Security Platform adapts to the constantly changing threats and landscape our partners face.”

As part of the acquisition, Level Effect co-founders Greg Ake and Robert Noeth will join the Huntress team. They’ll support the initial integration and ongoing development of the Level Effect EDR software. Like the founding team at Huntress, both Ake and Noeth have strong backgrounds in the U.S. intelligence community.

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“The combination of Recon’s correlated network and endpoint visibility with Huntress’ advanced detection and response capabilities will be a game-changer for security monitoring and response,” Ake said. “We’re really excited about this acquisition and what it means for partners who are fighting to defend their technology environments and protect customers.”

Level Effect to Remain Independent

While Huntress has acquired the Recon technology and related IP portfolio, Level Effect will continue to operate as its own independent business. It will provide cybertraining services to security practitioners looking to increase their knowledge.

Huntress partners will get more information regarding planned service and feature enhancements as it becomes available. Initial updates are expected in the third quarter.

“Today, Huntress partners are in a two-story home,” Hanslovan said. “The first level has all of the lights on, meaning it’s easy to clearly see what’s going on. But up on the second level, things are a bit darker. You’ll need tools like flashlights to navigate the floor. Recon is going to help us turn those lights on and illuminate the whole house, providing visibility into things that have always been there, which we can now examine in more detail.”

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Edward Gately

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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