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Vulnerability Intelligence Acquisition: Flashpoint Buys Risk Based Security

Flashpoint, a threat intelligence and risk prevention provider, has purchased vulnerability intelligence company Risk Based Security (RBS) for an undisclosed sum.

This is technology M&A deal number 62 that MSSP Alert and sister site ChannelE2E have covered so far in 2022.

Flashpoint will integrate RBS's collections and technology into its platform, according to a prepared statement. In doing so, Flashpoint can provide contextual threat intelligence and automation to help organizations detect, prioritize and combat cyber risks.

RBS has 41 employees listed on LinkedIn, compared to 221 at new owner Flashpoint.

A Closer Look at RBS

RBS provides vulnerability intelligence, breach data and risk ratings. It provides several vulnerability intelligence products, including:

  • Risk Based Security Platform: Delivers risk-based, asset-centric intelligence.
  • VulnDB: Offers vulnerability intelligence and third-party library monitoring.
  • YourCISO: Provides a SaaS security portal and access to a CISO.

In addition, RBS has identified and classified more than 90,000 vulnerabilities not available in the common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVE) registry, Flashpoint noted. It augments these vulnerabilities with details not available to public sources.

RBS also provides a partner program. To date, Recorded Future, RSA and other cybersecurity companies have integrated RBS's vulnerability intelligence products into their offerings.

What Does the RBS Acquisition Mean for Flashpoint?

RBS lets Flashpoint users access vulnerabilities unpublished in the CVE database, the companies stated. That way, Flashpoint users can identify and mitigate threats faster than ever before.

Furthermore, Flashpoint users can pair RBS's vulnerability data with threat actor intelligence to find ways to protect their assets and stakeholders from unreported vulnerabilities and prioritize their remediation efforts, the companies noted. They also can maintain a central cyber intelligence resource.

Organizations can use Flashpoint's platform to analyze and protect against ransomware and other cyber threats. MSSPs and MSPs can join Flashpoint's Global Channel Program to incorporate this platform into their portfolios.

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.