Feeling vulnerable, Alert Logic buys Critical Watch

Contact: Scott Denne

Alert Logic reaches for vulnerability manager Critical Watch to add 15 years’ worth of vulnerability data to its cloud and analysis products. Though it already had vulnerability scanning capabilities, Critical Watch was built for distributed systems and can provide a foundation for the security offerings that Alert Logic is developing for cloud environments.

Critical Watch also performs tens of thousands of vulnerability checks and has a library of vulnerability content that Alert Logic can plug into for its security analytics product line, but would be difficult to replicate on its own. The deal adds 17 employees to Alert Logic.

Though maturing, vulnerability management continues to grow in importance. According to surveys by TheInfoPro, a service of 451 Research, 9% of IT professionals identified vulnerability management as a major infosec pain point in the second half of 2014. That’s up from just 4% a year earlier. Only mobile devices and user behavior received higher responses.

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