VMware's E8 Acquisition Will Bolster Intelligent Endpoint Security Platform

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VMware acquired startup E8 Security Wednesday, taking hold of a technology intended to bolster recent upgrades to its Workspace ONE endpoint management platform.

The E8 Security solution uses artificial intelligence to monitor anomalies in system behavior, much like the Workspace ONE Intelligence security service, the virtualization leader introduced last week to better protect devices used by customers in the field.

The Redwood City, Calif.-based startup employs machine learning to detect suspicious behavior. By analyzing data from different sources, it can discover malicious activity and tackle cyber threats in their early stages.

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E8 Security’s capabilities, integrated into Workspace ONE, "will enable our customers to get a single platform approach that simplifies management and security by correlating data to accurately detect and respond to advanced threats using analytics," said Sumit Dhawan, senior vice president of VMware's End User Computing business, in a prepared statement.

The startup's automated analysis of user and entity behavior will deliver threat insights to the Workspace ONE Intelligence service, Dhawan said.

"Our customers will be able to streamline management, remediation, and automation to improve the employee experience and the security of their digital workspace, Dhawan said.

Matt Jones, E8's CEO, wrote on his company's website that joining VMware will allow the technology the startup has developed to be deployed at a much larger scale.

"By combining our technology with the insights, app analytics, and powerful automation capabilities of Workspace ONE, VMware customers will be able to benefit from a simplified way to leverage data from multiple security solutions and provide behavior-based threat detection and risk analysis," Jones said.

E8's behavioral analytics solution paired with Workspace ONE will make " security operations more predictive," he said.

Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

Workspace ONE Intelligence is a cloud-based service that integrates with Workspace ONE to aggregate data from users, apps, networks, and endpoints. An AI-powered decision engine delivers to partners recommendations, as well as automated functionality, to improve the experience for their customers and proactively mitigate any security gaps.

VMware simultaneously launched the Workspace ONE Trust Network, which integrates data and analytics from a network of security partners, including Carbon Black, CrowdStrike, Cylance, Lookout, McAfee, Netskope, and Symantec.

Security has been a big focus of VMware over the last year and is a growing share of the company's overall revenue.

In August, VMware introduced AppDefense, which detects malware and other threats by continually monitoring applications and comparing their behavior to an intended state.

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