BeyondTrust Buys eEye Digital Security

BeyondTrust recently announced the acquisition of vulnerability management solutions provider eEye Digital Security.

“BeyondTrust announced the purchase … without releasing financial details,” writes CSO Online’s Antone Gonsalves. “The 100-employee eEye will be absorbed into BeyondTrust, including management. The combined company will have 250 employees and 2,000 customers.”

“BeyondTrust specifically will integrate eEye’s Retina CS Vulnerability Management and Analytics solutions with BeyondTrust’s PowerBroker family, a move it says will simplify prioritizing vulnerabilities within the context of user privilege and the business,” writes Dark Reading’s Kelly Jackson Higgins. “eEye’s product names for Retina, Blink, and other offerings will remain intact.”

“Attacks today are more sophisticated than ever, with client-side attacks becoming the most prevalent method of entry, leveraging known vulnerabilities and exploiting users’ rights and privileges to pilfer sensitive data from enterprises,” BeyondTrust CEO John Mutch said in a statement. “Through the acquisition of eEye, BeyondTrust will deliver unmatched solutions to protect against both internal and external threats, spanning data and endpoint protection, rights management and vulnerability management. The result is a more cost-effective way to operate secure networks and satisfy governance initiatives.”

“The acquisition enables BeyondTrust to continue to fill out its product capabilities and distinguish it from its competitors, said Mark Diodati, a research vice president at Gartner Inc.,” writes SearchSecurity’s Robert Westervelt. “It’s a move other vendors in the privilege management market have been making as well, Diodati said. ‘Part of what has been missing in its stack is the actual management of vulnerabilities,’ Diodati said. ‘If they execute properly they can create a common package for installation and unify their capabilities.'”

“eEye co-founder and CTO Marc Maiffret will become CTO of BeyondTrust post merger,” writes The Register’s John Leyden. “Maiffret started off as a teen hacker before co-founding eEye back in 1998. He left the firm he founded for what turned out to be a three-year sabbatical in 2007 prior to returning to the fold as ‘Chief Hacking Officer’ back in 2010.”

Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman has been a technology journalist for more than 20 years and an eSecurity Planet contributor since 2009.

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