VMware buys security vendor Lastline

VMware is to buy network detection and response vendor Lastline.

The agreement is set to close by 31 July and  VMware will run Lastline’s malware analysis as a “critical feed” for its Carbon Black EDR platform.

VMware’s Networking and Security Business Unit, general manager Tom Gillis,  VMware said: “This is an important step forward for VMware’s vision of Intrinsic Security, as it will allow us to further take advantage of the intrinsic attributes of our virtualisation platform to yield innovative security capabilities.

“Our aim is not to replicate that which exists today, but rather to build security solutions that we can uniquely deliver, spanning from the heart of the data center to users in a branch office and all the way to mobile users at home or on the road.”

The transaction has received the approval of both companies’ boards, but is subject to certain regulatory approvals.

Gillis claimed Lastline’s system detects twice the number of malicious files as a signature-based system, “detonating” more than five million files samples globally.

“The NSX architecture will allow Lastline to perform network analytics at massive scale, across tens of thousands of cores, without the burden of tapping network traffic”, he said.