Critical Infrastructure Security, Threat Intelligence, Network Security, Security Operations, AI/ML

Opswat, BlackBerry Deal Adds MetaDefender, Cylance AI

Opswat, a cybersecurity defender focused on critical infrastructure protection, has made a deal with BlackBerry to integrate its MetaDefender platform with BlackBerry’s Cylance AI for a prevention-first, predictive security platform.

The companies appear prepped for the integration. BlackBerry said that its recently released AI engine advances threat prediction capabilities for organizations by 40% when compared to earlier versions. The Cylance OEM Engine provides embedded AI and machine learning to build zero day security directly into IoT endpoints.

Understanding Your Security Score

Two weeks ago, Opswat reintroduced its Security Score, a complimentary tool that enables end users to check their cybersecurity posture on their computers and/or tablets. Its risk scoring engine discovers and classifies malware and delivers actionable intelligence.

The collaborators said that the integration of Cylance OEM Engine into Opswat’s MetaDefender platform strengthens the cybersecurity defenses of organizations of all industries and business sizes, by improving malware detection through AI and behavioral heuristics.

"We are excited to partner with BlackBerry and integrate their patented AI technology into our MetaDefender platform," said George Prichici, Opswat vice president of products. "This collaboration validates our commitment to delivering cutting-edge cybersecurity solutions to our valued customers. By combining OPSWAT's expertise in threat detection and prevention with BlackBerry's security offerings, we are confident that we will significantly enhance the protection of our customers against emerging cyber threats."

Nathan Jenniges, BlackBerry’s senior vice president and general manager of its Cylance and unified endpoint management portfolios, said the Opswat integration will provide next generation cyber threat protection:

“BlackBerry's AI cybersecurity technology is trusted by businesses and governments worldwide," he said. "Our work with OPSWAT will provide organizations with next-generation cyber threat protection capabilities and enhance their ability to proactively defend against advanced attacks and stay ahead of emerging threats.”

Ospwat Buys FileScan.IO, Offers MSSP Program

In October, 2022, Opswat bought malware analysis company FileScan.IO for an undisclosed sum. FileScan founder and CEO Jan Miller also has joined Opswat as its director of engineering of malware analysis solutions. The acquisition counted as technology M&A deal number 927 that MSSP Alert and sister site ChannelE2E covered in 2022.

Opswat maintains a channel partner program that lets MSSPs, value-added resellers (VARs) and systems integrators incorporate critical infrastructure protection into their security portfolios.

D. Howard Kass

D. Howard Kass is a contributing editor to MSSP Alert. He brings a career in journalism and market research to the role. He has served as CRN News Editor, Dataquest Channel Analyst, and West Coast Senior Contributing Editor at Channelnomics. As the CEO of The Viewpoint Group, he led groundbreaking market research.