Cognitive cloud networking vendor, Arista Networks (NYSE:ANET), has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Awake Security. This Network Detection and Response (NDR) platform provider combines artificial intelligence (AI) with human expertise to autonomously hunt and respond to insider and external threats.

“With the proliferation of users, devices and Internet of Things (IOT), Awake’s best of breed threat detection platform is synergistic with Arista’s market leading cognitive cloud networks, delivering proactive security for our customers,” said Anshul Sadana, COO for Arista Networks.

Awake Security is an advanced network detection and response company that would deliver answers, not alerts. By combining artificial intelligence (AI) with human expertise, Awake autonomously models and hunts for both insider and external attacker behaviors. At the same time, it would provide triage, digital forensics and incident response across the new network-perimeter, core, IoT and cloud networks.

Awake is a company backed by Greylock Partners, Bain Capital Ventures, Evolution Equity Partners, Energize Ventures and Liberty Global Ventures.

“We see an exciting future for Awake within the Arista family,” said Rahul Kashyap, CEO of Awake Security. “Awake pioneered NDR platforms for real-time AI-driven situational awareness to secure digital assets and then respond to mitigate those risks. This acquisition allows us to further that mission.”

IoT, Cloud Networks

The transaction is expected to close in Arista’s fiscal Q4 FY2020, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. Financial details of the acquisition by Arista Networks were not disclosed.

“We warmly welcome Awake Security to the Arista team,” said Anshul Sadana, COO for Arista Networks. “With the proliferation of users, devices and Internet of Things (IOT), Awake’s best of breed threat detection platform is synergistic with Arista’s market leading cognitive cloud networks, delivering proactive security for our customers.”

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