Sophos Acquires Linux Security Software Company Capsule8
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:
- The Adaptive Cybersecurity Ecosystem (ACE);
- Extended Detection and Response (XDR) solutions;
- Intercept X server protection products; and
- Sophos Managed Threat Response (MTR) and Rapid Response services.
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.