Brain4Net buyout to fortify Kaspersky’s XDR, future SASE

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Kaspersky has acquired emerging technology solutions and services company Brain4Net for an undisclosed sum. Brain4Net’s acquisition will further enhance Kaspersky’s XDR platform capabilities with SASE offering in future.

Brain4Net develops solutions and services to help enterprises and service providers adopt modern technologies. Such as Software-Defined Wide-Area Network (SD-WAN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) with existing network infrastructure.

Following this acquisition, Brain4Net’s team is joining Kaspersky and will contribute to building Kaspersky’s network security strategy along with Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) and its XDR offering.

IDC forecast the worldwide ‘whole cloud’ spending to reach $1.3 trillion by 2025. In this context, accelerated by the pandemic and its impact on remote workforces, it becomes difficult for organisations to manage and protect their distributed infrastructures from advanced threats.

SD-WAN enables teams to overcome this challenge by providing efficient management and simplifying the use of security functions for the protection of the entire infrastructure.

With Brain4Net buyout, Kaspersky wants to bring a completely new SASE offering to the market as a unified platform. Kaspersky plans to combine its own best-in-class security solutions and technologies with Brain4Net’s network orchestration and control capabilities and expertise.

This will enable Kaspersky to offer its enterprise customers both security and connectivity services. In particular, Kaspersky’s future SASE offering will eventually include a cloud access security broker (CASB), cloud secure web gateway (SWG), cloud workload protection platform (CWPP), cloud security posture management (CSPM), zero-trust network access (ZTNA), and other services.

This acquisition will also allow Kaspersky to evolve its existing solutions into full-scale Extended Detection and Response (XDR). SASE brings obvious benefits for XDR, including the ability to collect telemetry from network traffic, stop an attack anywhere across the edge and the network, and simplify orchestration and management due to a single point of control through SASE.

The new XDR offering based on a cloud-native EDR solution will provide visibility and advanced functionality for Al-based detection and auto-response logic across all endpoints and the network.

In particular, Kaspersky XDR will bring a wide range of automated incident response scenarios (from blocking a file execution on an endpoint to blocking certain network segments or internal infrastructure for certain users or types of users) along with network segmentation tools.

Furthermore, Kaspersky XDR will be based on unified server architecture and will provide centralized management from a single web console. Customers will be able to control and reliably protect all popular entry points for potential threats: network, web traffic, email, workstations, servers, and virtual machines.

Working together, the XDR platform with SASE will allow enterprises to implement a zero-trust strategy. Along with its built-in advanced technology detection and analysis, the platform will offer regular updates of threat intelligence (TI) validated by leading Kaspersky experts.

One ecosystem for corporate security
All these components will become an integral part of the single ecosystem which is Kaspersky’s vision for the future of corporate cybersecurity. The central element of this ecosystem is the Kaspersky Open Single Management Platform.

It will become a single cloud-native technological platform to build Kaspersky XDR and will use deployment model agnostic architecture. And could be used across the public cloud, private cloud or even on-premises.

“We are excited to join forces with Brain4Net’s talented team who have already built mature world-class technologies and services for network orchestration and control, said Andrey Efremov, Chief Business Development Officer at Kaspersky.

“We are delighted to join the Kaspersky team. The spread of SD-WAN technology needs a strong business scenario, that is why we are partnering with Kaspersky XDR,” said Max Kaminskiy, CEO and Co-Founder – Brain4Net.

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