IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

Akamai to acquire cyber security firm Guardicore

Guardicore’s micro-segmentation solution will add to Akamai’s Zero Trust Security portfolio

Akamai building with logo

Akamai has signed a definitive agreement to acquire cloud and data center security firm Guardicore. 

Guardicore's micro-segmentation solution minimizes attack surfaces and helps businesses limit user access to authorized applications. 

With inter-app communication disabled by default, malware spread is drastically reduced, limiting security threats. Besides data centers, the solution extends to bare metal, virtual machines, and containers.

Guardicore's micro-segmentation technology will add to Akamai's extensive Zero Trust Security portfolio. The integration will place Akamai in a unique position to provide enterprise-wide protection against threats, including malware and ransomware.

“Akamai currently offers a broad suite of innovative and leading Zero Trust security solutions, including Web Application Firewall (WAF), Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA), Domain Name System (DNS) Firewall, and Secure Web Gateway (SWG), that help prevent attackers and malware on employee devices from gaining access to enterprise infrastructure and applications. But to be secure in today's world, enterprises also need a second layer of defense to block the spread of malware after it has gained a foothold within the corporate infrastructure,” explained Akamai.

GuardCore's micro-segmentation solution brings deep visibility into application patterns across data centers and the cloud, enabling businesses to better understand and protect their assets.

Related Resource

Eight steps to fight ransomware

Insights into how you can protect yourself from this ever increasing threat

Whitepaper front coverFree Download

The Akamai-Guardicore deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021. Akamai has not revealed the financial terms of the acquisition. According to reports, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC was a financial advisor to Akamai on this deal.

Lastly, Akamai is estimated to generate $30 to $35 million in revenue from its acquisition of Guardicore in the fiscal year 2022.

"Guardicore's mission is to protect enterprises from damage caused by breaches, like ransomware, while safeguarding the critical assets at the heart of the network," said Pavel Gurvich, co-founder and CEO of Guardicore. 

Gurvich added, "The customer is able to reduce risk in a holistic way across all products, managing from a single console, versus many products and machines. My team and I greatly look forward to joining Akamai to protect the user and the enterprise -- no matter what the user is doing or where end users and workloads are located."

Featured Resources

Accelerating AI modernisation with data infrastructure

Generate business value from your AI initiatives

Free Download

Recommendations for managing AI risks

Integrate your external AI tool findings into your broader security programs

Free Download

Modernise your legacy databases in the cloud

An introduction to cloud databases

Free Download

Powering through to innovation

IT agility drive digital transformation

Free Download

Recommended

Modernise your legacy databases in the cloud
Whitepaper

Modernise your legacy databases in the cloud

10 Jun 2022
Deploying flexible data protection to support cloud workload placement
Whitepaper

Deploying flexible data protection to support cloud workload placement

10 Mar 2022
Ten ways to protect your company from the next big data breach
data breaches

Ten ways to protect your company from the next big data breach

18 Feb 2022
Europol ordered to delete huge cache of unlawfully stored data
data protection

Europol ordered to delete huge cache of unlawfully stored data

11 Jan 2022

Most Popular

LockBit 2.0 ransomware disguised as PDFs distributed in email attacks
Security

LockBit 2.0 ransomware disguised as PDFs distributed in email attacks

27 Jun 2022
Open source giant Red Hat joins HPE GreenLake ecosystem
automation

Open source giant Red Hat joins HPE GreenLake ecosystem

28 Jun 2022
Carnival hit with $5 million fine over cyber security violations
cyber security

Carnival hit with $5 million fine over cyber security violations

27 Jun 2022