Latest Cybersecurity M&A: HelpSystems-Digital Guardian, Kaspersky-Brain4Net

HelpSystems and Kaspersky are gaining new capabilities in the deals.

Edward Gately, Senior News Editor

October 27, 2021

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The latest cybersecurity M&A in the channel includes deals aimed at beefing up buyers’ capabilities. HelpSystems is acquiring Digital Guardian for improved data loss prevention (DLP), and Kaspersky is buying Brain4Net to boost its extended detection and response (XDR) and add secure access service edge (SASE).

Cybersecurity M&A has rebounded after grinding to a halt during most of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The companies didn’t disclose financial details of the acquisitions.

Digital Guardian’s solutions give customers visibility and protection of their data across many operating systems and applications. The company also provides a managed service that operates as an extension of their customers’ security teams to protect sensitive data from threats originating inside and outside the organization.

Digital Guardian’s team and solutions will fit into HelpSystems’ data security portfolio, and combine with security solutions such as GoAnywhere, Clearswift, Agari and Titus. In addition to extending HelpSystems’ DLP capability, this acquisition further improves the company’s ability to categorize or classify data and protect it across a wide set of applications and operating systems.

This marks the sixth acquisition by HelpSystems in 2021. The company acquired PhishLabs last week.

Brain4Net has been developing solutions and services to help enterprises and service providers adapt modern technologies such as SD-WAN and network functions virtualization (NFV) with existing network infrastructure. Brain4Net’s team is joining Kaspersky and will contribute to building Kaspersky’s network security strategy, as well as a SASE solution and evolved XDR offering.

Scroll through our slideshow above for more on the HelpSystems-Digital Guardian and Kaspersky-Brain4Net acquisitions.

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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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