Carbon Black announces acquisition of Confer

Confer’s next-generation antivirus software will be renamed Cb Defense.

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Carbon Black announces acquisition of Confer Morley: "With the acquisition of Confer, organisations of every size can now address their endpoint-security requirements through a single platform."
By  Alexander Sophoclis Pieri Published  July 20, 2016

Endpoint security specialist Carbon Black has announced the acquisition of Confer, a next-generation antivirus (NGAV) company. As part of its inclusion under Carbon Black's umbrella, Confer's NGAV platform will be renamed to Cb Defense.

The revamped offering will combine a number of behavioural-based prevention techniques with integrated detection technologies, as well as response capabilities towards tackling cyber threats.  

Commenting on the recent development, Patrick Morley, chief executive officer of Carbon Black, shared: "With the acquisition of Confer, organisations of every size can now address their endpoint-security requirements through a single platform... this extension of the Carbon Black platform is a significant step forward in our vision to create a world safe from cyber-attacks."   

Cb Defense will include the use of a cloud-based analytics approach towards blocking both malware and attacks that utilise exploit memory and scripting languages such as PowerShell. The platform is able capable of producing reports on countered attacks, which in addition to providing visibility to end-users, enables them to proactively address security exploits.

Doug Cahill, senior analyst at ESG, said: "The emerging next generation endpoint security market is about more than prevention. Security vendors who offer a comprehensive security platform comprised of prevention, detection and response capabilities will lead the transition from prior generation solutions."

"With the addition of Confer, Carbon Black is offering such a next-gen platform to address the ever evolving threat landscape."

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