Kaspersky acquires Brain4Net and expands its network security offering

Kaspersky has acquired an emerging company, Brain4Net. The organization has developed solutions and services to help enterprises and service providers adapt modern technologies, such as software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), with l existing network infrastructure.

The Brain4Net team joins Kaspersky and will contribute to the development of Kaspersky’s network security strategy, as well as an advanced Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) and XDR offer.

By acquiring Brain4Net, Kaspersky says it aims to bring to market a new SASE offering as a unified platform, which will combine Kaspersky’s security solutions and technologies with orchestration and control capabilities and expertise of the Brain4Net network.

Thanks to this decision, Kaspersky will be able to offer its enterprise customers security and connectivity services.

In particular, Kaspersky’s future SASE offering will eventually include Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), Cloud Secure Web Gateway (SWG), Cloud Workload Protection Platform (CWPP), Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM), Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA), and other services.

This acquisition will also allow Kaspersky to scale its existing solutions to large-scale extended detection and response (XDR).

SASE brings various benefits to XDR, including the ability to collect telemetry from network traffic, stop an attack anywhere on the edge and network, and simplify orchestration and management with a single point of single control via SASE.

The new XDR offering based on a cloud-native EDR solution is designed to provide advanced visibility and functionality for Al-based automatic detection and response logic across all endpoints and the network.

In particular, Kaspersky XDR will provide a wide range of automated incident response scenarios (from blocking execution of a file on a terminal to blocking certain network segments or internal infrastructure for certain users or types of users) as well as network segmentation tools.

Additionally, the company says Kaspersky XDR will be based on a unified server architecture and provide centralized management from a single web-based console.

Customers will be able to monitor and protect all popular entry points from potential threats: network, web traffic, email, desktops, servers and virtual machines.

Working together, the XDR platform with SASE will enable enterprises to implement a zero-trust strategy.

In addition to integrated advanced technology detection and analysis, the platform will benefit from state-of-the-art threat intelligence (TI) that is continuously updated and validated by Kaspersky experts.

These components will become part of the single ecosystem, which is Kaspersky’s vision for the future of enterprise cybersecurity.

The central element of this ecosystem is Kaspersky Open Single Management Platform. It will become a single cloud-native technology platform for building Kaspersky XDR and will use a deployment model-independent architecture, the company says.

This way, the platform could be used in public cloud, private cloud, or even on-premises.

Andrey Efremov, Director of Business Development at Kaspersky, said: “We are delighted to partner with the talented team at Brain4Net who have already developed mature, world-class technologies and services for network orchestration and control.

“I am confident that their knowledge and experience, combined with Kaspersky’s most award-winning security technologies and proven threat expertise, will fit seamlessly into our vision for enterprise security, while new offerings will help security managers accelerate the detection, investigation and resolution of threats, reducing the time to respond.”

Brain4Net CEO and co-founder Max Kaminskiy said, “We are delighted to join the Kaspersky team. Spreading SD-WAN technology requires a solid business scenario, which is why we partner with Kaspersky XDR.

“Brain4Net’s choice of technologies confirms the high level of the company’s products and skills. Together, we will continue to make the world a safer and more comfortable place.”

Kevin M. Risinger