FireEye Add Automation to Service with Invotas Acquisition

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FireEye has announced the acquisition of Invotas, to add security orchestration capabilities as part of its global threat management platform.

The acquisition closed on 1 February 2016, and will enable FireEye to deliver security orchestration capabilities as part of its global threat management platform.  The Invotas Security Orchestrator technologies will unify cyber-attack detection results, threat intelligence and incident response elements of an organization’s security program into a single console, giving enterprises the ability to respond more quickly to attacks through automation.

Following the acquisition of threat intelligence vendor iSIGHT Partners last month, FireEye said that the Invotas Security Orchestrator will leverage its threat intelligence to help security teams move from alert to remediation in minutes. FireEye will then automate responses based on playbooks developed by FireEye’s Mandiant consultants, leveraging more than a decade of incident response experience codified to assist customers.

David DeWalt, FireEye CEO and chairman of the board, said: “The addition of Invotas’ technology enables us to enhance our global threat management platform and advance ongoing efforts to provide our customers with a centralized method to manage alerts and intelligence and then automate actions based on FireEye-built playbooks or their own custom strategies.

“FireEye has always led the market in high-fidelity alerting and intelligence, and now our customers can use this data and insights from other sources to build automated workflows that quickly remediate these threats across the security ecosystem with minimal human intervention. FireEye addresses a critical customer need around analyst resources and time with the addition of a capability that will redefine the security orchestration and automation category.”

Invotas’ 19 employees will be integrated into the FireEye Global Engineering and Security Products organization. Paul Nguyen, Invotas’ chief executive officer before the acquisition, called FireEye a perfect fit for Invotas, as it offers the opportunity to fuse its security automation and orchestration capabilities with comprehensive threat management platform.

 “The strength of Invotas’ technology centers around its ability to easily integrate into the security ecosystem of an organization and automate key elements of incident response,” he said. “FireEye leads in delivering high fidelity alerts and contextual threat intelligence, and this move to enrich workflows with these insights and codify FireEye frontline expertise into automated playbooks is going to be a game changer for security operation teams.”

In an email to Infosecurity, Bob Tarzey, analyst and director of Quocirca, said that what struck him was that adding orchestration and automation technology will allow FireEye to continue to diversify through more acquisitions.

“Technology such as Invotas will play a role in integrating disparate technologies into a single FireEye console,” he said.

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