Acquisition to bolster Barracuda’s cloud-enabled WAF platforms
Barracuda Networks, which in May announced its Advanced Bot Protection program to help enterprises defend against automated threats, is adding to its capabilities with the acquisition of InfiSecure’s technology, which uses machine learning techniques to detect and mitigate bots.
The Lowdown: Combining InfiSecure’s technology with the behavioral data points collected by Barracuda’s Global Threat Intelligence Infrastructure will give the vendor’s Web application firewall (WAF) platforms the tools to address distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks from low-and-slow bots, which request data slowly and rotate IP addresses. Special fingerprinting techniques are needed to detect them.
The Details: InfiSecure’s technology, which includes a machine learning layer for automatic profiling of individual applications and can integrate seamlessly with WAFs and content-delivery networks (CDNs), will be available for Barracuda’s WAF and WAF-as-a-Service platforms.
Bringing InfiSecure’s technology into the fold will enable Barracuda to better identify and block advanced bots, such as low-and-slow bots. Generic bot detection methods can’t address specific bots that are written for particular applications. Through InfiSecure’s machine learning capabilities, Barracuda will be able to automatically profile each application, which will improve bot detection and mitigation.
Background: Bots continue to evolve, enabling them to more closely simulate human behavior, which means that enterprises must adapt their detection and mitigation strategies to meet the threat.
As bots get more sophisticated and more prevalent, the demand for bot-detection capabilities continues to grow. A report last year published by MarketsandMarkets found that the botnet detection market, which hit $203.2 million in 2018, will grow 42% a year to 2023, to almost $1.2 billion, with the North America market being the largest. Among the U.S. vendors in the space are Akamai Technologies, Imperva, PerimeterX, and Shape Security, according to the report.
The Buzz: “This strategic technology acquisition further strengthens our application security portfolio and our commitment to provide application security to our customers,” said Tim Jefferson, senior vice president of engineering of data protection, network, and application security at Barracuda. “InfiSecure perfectly complements our recently released Advanced Bot Protection and will bring next-generation capabilities to our WAF-as-a-Service and Web application firewall offerings.”