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HP Acquires Endpoint Security Company Bromium

On Thursday, HP announced the acquisition of Bromium, a California-based endpoint security solutions provider, following a more than two-year partnership between the companies.  Bromium protects enterprises by using virtualization-based security to form an isolation layer.

Bromium earned its virtualization credentials thanks to its co-founders, Ian Pratt and Simon Crosby, both of whom helped start XenSource back in 2004.  XenSource and its founders were early pioneers in the virtualization market, and they built enterprise-class virtualization products based on the Xen hypervisor.  XenSource was itself later acquired by Citrix in 2007 and renamed the enterprise version as XenServer.

As part of the HP partnership, Bromium's technology forms the basis for HP's Sure Click malware protection, which is a staple of the company's commercial PCs.  The successful HP and Bromium technology collaboration began in 2017 and was expanded in March of 2019.  Those HP technologies are powered by Bromium’s hardware-enforced application isolation, and provide turnkey protection against risky activities like opening email attachments, clicking on links in email, browsing, or downloading files.  Bromium isolates risky activities from the host in order to deliver an advanced isolation security service for files and browsing on Windows 10 PCs, regardless of whether the endpoints come from HP or another manufacturer.

All malware and threats are trapped inside what Bromium calls "micro virtual machines," allowing security teams to safely watch the threats play out and respond more quickly to security incidents, using complete and easily shareable forensics analysis.  When integrated into a wider security stack, Bromium threat intelligence helps HP make their customers’ environments more protected.

In a statement, HP said Bromium technology complements and enhances HP’s existing security platform with hardware enforced application isolation and containment to protect against advanced attacks while providing real-time threat intelligence.  Combined with HP solutions including Sure Sense, Sure View and Sure Start, it provides comprehensive protection against the most sophisticated malware and enhances our industry leading firmware and BIOS security layers.

"Security is a key competitive differentiator for HP, providing the most secure PCs and printers on the market," said Andy Rhodes, GM and Global Head of Commercial Systems at HP.  "The acquisition of Bromium extends our investments, leadership and focus in this space and securing end point devices that are on the front lines of defense against cyber security attacks."

With the acquisition, Bromium will become part of HP’s broader platform to secure end-point devices.

As of this writing, HP hasn't disclosed how much it paid for Bromium, nor have they said how many of Bromium's employees would join HP.

Published Friday, September 20, 2019 9:07 AM by David Marshall
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