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Carbon Black snaps up cloud-dwelling threat-sniffing 'next-gen AV'

Will confer new name on Confer

Endpoint security firm Carbon Black has bought "next-generation antivirus" firm Confer.

Financial terms of the deal, announced today, were undisclosed. Carbon Black plans to re-badge Confer’s security software as “Cb Defense” and offer it alongside its existing roster of application control, incident response, and threat hunting products.

Cb Defense is a cloud-based product that combines behaviour-based prevention techniques with integrated detection and response capabilities. Carbon Black initially offered white-listing security technologies before expanding its scope. The Confer deal is another milestone along that path.

While the term "next-generation firewall" might be understood to refer to application-aware perimeter security appliance, the term "next-generation antivirus" is even sketchier. Those that market NGAV are (almost) united in attempting to highlight the alleged shortcomings of Symantec and Intel Security.

Naturally enough, Symantec - the target of criticism that it offers a legacy product that lets too many attacks through - also claims to offer next-generation antivirus.

Cylance emphasises the use of machine learning in fighting malware whereas Symantec talks about Big Data and others such as CrowdStrike talk about threat intelligence.

Carbon Black said the Confer deal will allow it to take on Symantec, (next gen firewall pioneer) Palo Alto Networks, Cylance, and CrowdStrike with a "disruptive zero gap protection" or a combination of machine learning and behaviour analytics. ®

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