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Sophos Acquires Linux Security Software Company Capsule8

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Sophos, backed by private equity firm Thoma Bravo, has acquired Capsule8, a provider of runtime visibility, detection and response software for Linux servers and containers.

This is technology M&A deal number 391 that MSSP Alert and sister site ChannelE2E have covered so far in 2021. See all technology M&A deals for 2021 and 2020 listed here.

Capsule8 Business Background

Capsule8, founded in 2016, has roughly 50 employees listed on LinkedIn. The startup raised $6.5 million from Intel Capital in 2019. Total funding at the time was $30 million. Earlier investors included ClearSky, Bessemer Venture Partners and Rain Capital.

Sophos later this year plans to integrate Capsule8's technology into multiple platforms and services -- including:

Those various Sophos security services and an associated multi-tenant dashboard are widely promoted to MSPs and MSSPs worldwide.

Sophos: Early Security Software, Services Acquisitions

Sophos has M&A experience. Key acquisitions in recent years include MDR threat hunters Rook Security as well as DarkBytes for MDR, SOAR and managed security services.

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.