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Huntress Acquires Security Awareness Training Startup Curricula for $22M

Managed detection and response (MDR) platform provider Huntress has shelled out $22 million to acquire Curricula, a startup in the growing security awareness business.

Huntress, based in Ellicott City, Maryland, said the deal adds a fun, story-based security awareness training platform to its stable of cybersecurity offerings.

The company, which was widely credited with discovering the Kaseya supply chain hack against MSPs, said it used the Curricula tool internally for its own employee security training before deciding to buy the company outright.

Huntress, itself a startup that raised about $60 million in venture capital funding, said the  acquisition adds another critical layer to its Managed Security Platform and brings an important security tool to small and medium-sized businesses.

Curricula sells a platform that includes a learning management system, content for security awareness training, simulated phishing tests and tools for generating compliance reports.

“Employees today need relatable and effective learning—not just more uninspired content that punishes learners and sets SMBs up for failure. Our team had already seen Curricula’s results internally, so it seemed criminal to not bring it to our partner ecosystem,” said Huntress co-founder and CEO Kyle Hanslovan. 

He said the plan is to help equip the managed service providers (MSPs) and IT resellers with an extra line of defense against cyberattacks.  

Huntress recently acquired endpoint detection and response (EDR) technology from a startup named Level Effect to expand and strengthen its capabilities.

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Ryan Naraine is Editor-at-Large at SecurityWeek and host of the popular Security Conversations podcast series. Ryan is a veteran cybersecurity strategist who has built security engagement programs at major global brands, including Intel Corp., Bishop Fox and Kaspersky GReAT. He is a co-founder of Threatpost and the global SAS conference series. Ryan's past career as a security journalist included bylines at major technology publications including Ziff Davis eWEEK, CBS Interactive's ZDNet, PCMag and PC World. Ryan is a director of the Security Tinkerers non-profit, an advisor to early-stage entrepreneurs, and a regular speaker at security conferences around the world. Follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanaraine.