Kaspersky Buys Brain4Net to Boost its XDR Platform with Orchestrated SASE

Global cybersecurity company Kaspersky has acquired emerging company Brain4Net. The company has been working on solutions and services to assist businesses and service providers integrate new technologies like Software-Defined Wide-Area Networking (SD-WAN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) into their existing network architecture. Financial terrms of the deal were not disclosed.

The requirement for rapid, consistent, and secure access for users regardless of their location is necessitated by a remote workforce and massive amounts of data and traffic travelling between public cloud services, branch offices, and data centers. This has influenced a new network security concept called Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) by Gartner, which combines security and connectivity as needed.

Kaspersky hopes to use the acquisition of Brain4Net, an innovative SDN/NFV solutions provider for large, medium enterprises and service providers, to launch a fully new SASE offering as a unified platform that combines Kaspersky’s best-in-class security solutions and technology with Brain4Net’s network orchestration and control skills and experience. Kaspersky will be able to provide both security and connectivity services to its commercial customers as a result of this strategic move.

The team from Brain4Net has joined Kaspersky and will help to further develop the company’s network security strategy, as well as a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) and enhanced XDR solution.

Evolution of Advanced Kaspersky XDR

Photo Andrey Efremov, Chief Business Development Officer at Kaspersky
“We are excited to join forces with Brain4Net’s talented team who have already built mature world-class technologies and services for network orchestration and control,” said Andrey Efremov, Chief Business Development Officer at Kaspersky.

In particular, Kaspersky’s future SASE offering will eventually include a cloud access security broker (CASB), cloud secure web gateway (SWG), cloud workload protection platform (CWPP), cloud security posture management (CSPM), zero trust network access (ZTNA), and other services.

Kaspersky will be able to expand its existing products into full-scale Extended Detection and Response (XDR) as a result of this acquisition. SASE would bring obvious benefits for XDR, including the ability to gather telemetry from network traffic, halt an attack anywhere throughout the edge and network, and ease orchestration and maintenance thanks to a single point of control provided by SASE.

The new XDR service, which is based on a cloud-native EDR solution, will give all endpoints and the network insight and expanded capability for Al-based detection and auto reaction logic. In particular, Kaspersky XDR will include network segmentation technologies as well as a wide range of automatic incident response scenarios (ranging from stopping file execution on an endpoint to blocking certain network segments or internal infrastructure for specific users or classes of users).

In addition, Kaspersky XDR will be built on a unified server architecture and will allow for centralized control via a single online portal. Clients will be able to defend all common access points for possible attacks, including the network, online traffic, email, workstations, servers, and virtual machines. When the XDR platform and SASE work together, businesses will be able to deploy a zero-trust approach. The platform would benefit from great threat intelligence (TI), which is continually updated and certified by Kaspersky specialists, in addition to built-in sophisticated technology detection and analysis.

Corporate Cybersecurity in a Single Ecosystem

All of these elements will be integrated into Kaspersky’s vision for the future of corporate cybersecurity, which is a single ecosystem. The Kaspersky Open Single Management Platform is at the heart of this ecosystem. To construct Kaspersky XDR, it will become a single cloud-native technical platform with a deployment model agnostic design. As a result, the platform may be utilized on-premises, in the public cloud, or in the private cloud.

“We are excited to join forces with Brain4Net’s talented team who have already built mature world-class technologies and services for network orchestration and control,” said Andrey Efremov, Chief Business Development Officer at Kaspersky. “I’m confident that their knowledge and experience, combined with Kaspersky’s most awarded security technologies and recognized threat expertise will blend perfectly with our vision for corporate security, while new offerings will help security officers speed up threat detection, investigation and remediation, reducing mean time to response.”

“We are delighted to join the Kaspersky team. The spread of SD-WAN technology needs a strong business scenario, that is why we are partnering with Kaspersky XDR,” said Max Kaminskiy, CEO and co-founder at Brain4Net. “Brain4Net’s choice of technologies confirms the high level of the company’s products and competencies. Together we will continue to make the world a safer and more comfortable place.”