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Elastic Acquires Cmd; XDR Platform Gains Cloud Workload Runtime Security

Elastic has acquired cloud workload runtime security company Cmd. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

This is technology M&A deal number 540 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.

Cmd will add runtime security capabilities to the Elastic Limitless extended detection and response (XDR) platform, Elastic stated. The potential result for MSSPs is a single search platform that spans unified security information and event management (SIEM), endpoint and cloud security capabilities, the buyer asserts.

Cmd offers an infrastructure detection and response (IDR) platform for Linux infrastructure in the cloud or a data center, the company indicated. The platform uses extended Berkeley Packet Filter (eBPF) technology to provide developers with visibility into cloud workloads; eBPF allows developers to run sandboxed programs within an operating system and add capabilities at runtime.

In addition, Cmd provides Elastic customers with visibility into cloud workloads and ensures they can identify and address threats across their cloud data, the companies noted. Elastic also will integrate Cmd's capabilities into its Elastic Agent, allowing its customers to monitor logs, metrics and other cloud data sources.

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Elastic's customers will be able to use's technology with Limitless XDR to prevent, detect and respond to cloud threats and validate their security posture against Center for Internet Security (CIS) benchmarks and other standards. Also, Elastic will use's technology to build a Kubernetes integration that promotes cloud application security and compliance.

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.