VMware builds security unit around Carbon Black tech

VMware has wrapped up its $2.1 billion buy of cloud-native endpoint-security vendor Carbon Black and in the process created a new security business unit that will target cybersecurity and analytics to protect networked enterprise resources.

When VMware announced the acquisition in August, its CEO Pat Gelsinger said he expected Carbon Black technology to be integrated across VMware’s product families such as NSX networking software and vSphere, VMware’s flagship virtualization platform. “Security is broken and fundamentally customers want a different answer in the security space. We think this move will be an opportunity for major disruption,” he said. 

Integrating what Carbon Black offers – a cloud-based endpoint security system that gathers network and application data to determine threats and trigger incident response – will be key to what VMware envisions for the future of enterprise security. Some integration has already been done as the companies worked to enhance VMware’s AppDefense security product in 2017. The companies also offer a cloud-based security threat-detection and remediation package.

“With Carbon Black we are in a very unique position to integrate security into everything we offer,” said Tom Corn senior vice president and general manager of security products at VMware at the company’s recent VMworld gathering.  “We are in position to proactively secure private and public clouds or any application and device across the network.”

The general idea is to offer integrated security rather than bolted-on piece-parts, Corn said. 

With the close of the acquisition, VMware is creating a new security business unit that led by Carbon Black CEO Patrick Morley who will become general manager of this new group reporting to Sanjay Poonen, VMware’s COO for customer operations. Carbon Black technology will form the nucleus of VMware’s Security offering.

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