5 Companies That Came To Win This Week

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Palo Alto Networks expanded its roster of experts in threat detection and prevention technology this week when it acquired Morta Security, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based security startup.

Morta Security was founded in 2012 by several former employees of the National Security Agency, the U.S. Air Force, and the Food and Drug Administration. The company has been in stealth mode while engineers developed its security technology for handling what are know as advanced persistent threats.

The acquisition gives Palo Alto Networks an injection of talented engineers that will help the company deliver new technology and products this year, Nir Zuk, the company's co-founder and CTO, told CRN. The acquisition also serves as a competitive counterweight to FireEye's $1-billion deal last week to acquire security technology developer Mandiant.

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