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ZeroFox Acquires Dark Web Threat Intelligence Company Vigilante

ZeroFox, an external threat intelligence and protection company, has acquired breach intelligence company Vigilante of Phoenix, Arizona. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

This is technology M&A deal number 394 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.

Vigilante, which has 14 employees listed on LinkedIn, "protects brands and their customers from sophisticated attacks by delivering advanced, client-specific intelligence that is consumable and immediately actionable," the seller says.

ZeroFox, based in Baltimore, Maryland, provides cloud-based software that allows customers to detect risks found on social media and digital channels, such as phishing, malware, scams, impersonator accounts, piracy, counterfeit and more, the buyer says.

ZeroFox, founded in 2013, has more than 400 employees listed on LinkedIn. The ZeroFox partner program spans VARs, MSSPs, OEMs, technology and integration partners.

What Does the Acquisition Mean for ZeroFox and Vigilante?

ZeroFox and Vigiliante together provide a platform that offers the following dark web threat intelligence capabilities:

  • Breach Intelligence and Response: Consists of breach data, external incident response, threat actor attribution and engagement, trend identification and asset recovery.
  • Data Delivery: Provides risk intelligence on compromised credentials and botnets, network intelligence on infected and vulnerable hosts and eCrime intelligence on threat actors and indicators of compromise (IOCs).
  • Botnet Exposure Monitoring: Delivers intelligence on active infections and historical botnet logs to help organizations identify sessions in which infected devices have accessed internal or client-facing assets.
  • Operative Intelligence: Offers access to global researchers who perform threat monitoring, threat hunting and attribution and provide early warning and prioritization of dark web threats.

Furthermore, the platform helps organizations understand their public attack surface exposure, ZeroFox indicated. That way, organizations can use the platform to protect against dark web activity at a greater scale than ever before.

ZeroFox: Previous Acquisition, Funding

ZeroFox has M&A experience. The company in October 2020 acquired Cyveillance, a managed threat intelligence security provider. ZeroFox also has incorporated Cyveillance's threat intelligence data lake and human dark web intelligence capabilities into its Digital Risk Protection Platform.

ZeroFox apparently has a war chest for additional acquisitions and R&D moves. The company raised $84 million led by Intel Capital in February 2020. Existing investors NEA, Highland Capital Partners, Redline Capital Management, Hercules Capital and Core Capital participated in that round.

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.