Darktrace acquires attack surface management company Cybersprint


Based in the Netherlands Cybersprintspecialist in attack surface management tools and services, to be acquired by cybersecurity artificial intelligence (AI) company Dark Trace for £39.7m (€47.5m/$53.7m) for cash and equity consideration, adding complementary technology packages and a new R&D center in The Hague.

Cybersprint’s technology provides “continuous, real-time insights from an outside-in perspective” to help customers identify risks to their networks and systems and eliminate blind spots. Darktrace believes this is complementary to its vision of providing a “continuous loop of cyber AI” and its self-learning technology and insight.

“We are delighted to welcome the Cybersprint team to Darktrace,” said Poppy Gustafsson, CEO of Darktrace, which last year became the 10th winner of the UK’s Most Influential Woman award according to Computer Weekly. . “Bringing together inside-out and outside-in visibility and having access to a robust, rich, real-time external dataset combined with the AI ​​of learning from Darktrace, which means customers get a holistic view of priority cyber risks to strengthen the parts of their organization that are most vulnerable.

“Through this acquisition, we are able to leverage Cybersprint’s seven years of R&D to accelerate our family of Prevent products, ultimately making it much more difficult for cyber attackers to complete successful missions.”

Cybersprint CEO Pieter Jansen added, “I am very excited about this fantastic step in Cybersprint’s journey. We are passionate about automating manual tasks in cybersecurity from an outside perspective. We believe that attackers never sleep and operate without scope.

“When we entered into conversations with Darktrace, we felt an instant connection about vision, culture and technology. That’s why we look forward to joining Darktrace and working together to accelerate cutting-edge innovations to make more cyber-secure organizations.

Cybersprint’s technology will eventually be integrated into the product suite, underpinned by attack path modeling, enriching its services with external vulnerability data, and helping to push Darktrace into new areas, such as proactive security. Its capabilities will first be introduced as a new module in the Darktrace Prevent product to provide organization-specific web data to Darktrace’s attack path modeling technology.

It is also adding a second European R&D center to its existing Cambridge-based facility, and expertise in real-time Internet data modeling and ethical hacking.

Darktrace is currently one of the UK’s hottest security properties, having achieved coveted ‘unicorn’ status and listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2021. Some of its most notable clients include the F1 team McLaren, property company British Land, electrical infrastructure company Drax and bicycle manufacturer Trek.

Cybersprint, meanwhile, has a host of customers with a strong focus on the Dutch market, including financial services firms ING and Rabobank, email security company Zivver and the Dutch national Olympic team.


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