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Northrop divests commercial cyber business to LLR Partners

Northrop  Grumman has sold BluVector, a next-generation machine learning threat detection and cyber hunting solution, to LLR Partners. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

BluVector uses machine learning to provide network-based advanced threat detection and reduce response time from months to minutes, LLR Partners said in a release. It enables security operations center analysts and incident response teams to get insight in real-time.

The product uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to look across the entirety of network data and find linkages, analyze relationships and develop targeted threat profiles, the company said.

BluVector was first trademarked by Northrop Grumman at the end of 2014. In 2015, the company launched Acuity Solutions Corp. in an effort to get more involved in the commercial cyber business, with the BluVector solution being an offering of that business.

BluVector will act as a standalone business led by its CEO, Kris Lovejoy, who was previously a president of the BluVector business within Northrop Grumman.

LLR Partners has committed $50 million to BluVector to support the acquisition and future growth plans, the company said.

About the Author

Mark Hoover is a senior staff writer with Washington Technology. You can contact him at mhoover@washingtontechnology.com, or connect with him on Twitter at @mhooverWT.

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