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Forcepoint acquires threat removal platform company

With newfound private equity backing, cybersecurity firm Forcepoint is making another acquisition of its own to add greater threat removal functionality into the buyer’s portfolio of cross-domain offerings.

Forcepoint’s second transaction in two months will see it buy Deep Secure, which has designed its platform to help enterprises fend off cyberattacks delivered via malware and also prevent data loss.

Terms of the deal announced Tuesday were undisclosed, but Forcepoint said it expects to close the transaction in August. That will follow the acquisition of Cyberinc in May to add more remote browser isolation control.

Austin, Texas-headquartered Forcepoint was acquired in January by Francisco Partners for $1.5 billion after nearly six years as the commercial cyber segment of Raytheon Technologies. Cyberinc represented Forcepoint’s first acquisition with the support of its new owner.

Headquartered in the U.K., Deep Secure’s platform is built to use a zero trust approach as it works to extract information from the original data source and verify it as safe through a hardware-based approach.

Forcepoint sees the deal as helping expand how its products can help U.S. and international government agencies both share and secure their data between different levels.

“The addition of Deep Secure’s innovative threat removal platform and hardware security to our Forcepoint cross domain solutions portfolio further extends the depth of our defense-grade capabilities to governments and critical infrastructure organizations around the world, who continue to be under siege from nation-state and other attackers looking for financial gain or to ultimately disrupt societies and economies at scale,” said Sean Berg, president of Forcepoint’s global government and critical infrastructure business.

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Ross Wilkers is a senior staff writer for Washington Technology. He can be reached at rwilkers@washingtontechnology.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rosswilkers. Also connect with him on LinkedIn.

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