Webroot acquires U.K.-based security company Prevx for an undisclosed sum.
Webroot has acquired security vendor Prevx for its cloud-based anti-malware
According to Webroot, the plan is to integrate Prevx's technology into
Webroot's cloud security services. The buy continues a cloud strategy that has
been expanded this year with the purchase of Website
classification vendor BrightCloud as well as the introduction of Webroot's
first cloud offering, Webroot Internet Security Complete, in July.
"Webroot and Prevx
share a common vision for revolutionizing what we believe is a market in
need of dramatic change," said Dick Williams, CEO
at Webroot, in a statement.
"Prevx is the leader in cloud-based antivirus protection and
behavior-based malware detection, which block threats before they can ever
reach a PC or corporate network," he continued. "This technology,
combined with Webroot's innovations, customer service and support, will make it
easy for consumers to stay protected online wherever they go, and easy for
businesses to protect their employees and their networks."
Founded in 2001, Prevx is focused on protecting PCs, corporate networks and
mobile devices. Prevx founder Mel Morris said modern cyber-crime is rife with
zero-day exploits, social engineering and other techniques that make it easier
for threats to bypass traditional protections.
"Webroot shares our desire to innovate at a time when our industry has
fallen behind in the war against online crime," Morris said in a
statement. "We also share a commitment to developing a relationship with
our customers and making security an experience they enjoy. We are pleased to
become a part of Webroot and join forces in leading a revolution in the
The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.