8. Amazon Web Services Acquires Sqrrl
Purchase Price: $40 Million (reported by Axios)
Amazon Web Services in January gave its new threat detection service a shot in the arm by purchasing cybersecurity software company Sqrrl.
Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Sqrrl's advanced threat hunting capabilities were expected to align well with Amazon GuardDuty, an intelligent threat detection service Seattle-based Amazon launched in November focused on protecting AWS accounts and workloads.
Sqrrl analyzes big data to hunt cyberthreats, helping companies identify and address them faster. The company said it utilizes linked data, machine learning, user and entity behavior analysis, risk scoring, and big data technologies to uncover malicious patterns and anomalies hidden within security data sets.