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RSA to Acquire Behavioral Analytics Firm Fortscale

RSA on Thursday announced that it has entered an agreement to acquire Fortscale, a company that provides behavioral analytics solutions. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Fortscale’s technology is designed to identify threats using a combination of predictive, big data analytics and machine learning. It automatically identifies deviations from normal behavior and warns security teams of potential risks, such as shared user credentials, remote access anomalies, and abuse of privileged user accounts.RSA acquires Fortscale

As a result of the acquisition, RSA wants to provide customers new user and entity behavioral analytics (UEBA) capabilities through its NetWitness Platform.

“RSA NetWitness UEBA directly addresses and overcomes obstacles that standalone solutions have encountered due to their high cost and high touch requirements,” said Idan Tendler, CEO and co-founder of Fortscale. “RSA NetWitness UEBA requires minimal customization and no manual tuning. It is designed to detect unknown threats and to address malicious behavior in which exploits have received elevated permissions.”

Since its launch in 2013, Fortscale has raised a total of $23 million, including $7 million roughly one year ago.

RSA also announced a new version of its NetWitness Platform. Version 11.1 includes not only UEBA Essentials, but also Endpoint Insights, which helps organizations manage endpoints, and Dynamic Log Visibility, which uses dynamic parsing technology to provide instant access to log data.

Later this month, RSA will also make available NetWitness Orchestrator, a product powered by Demisto that should make it easier for security teams to investigate incidents. The NetWitness Orchestrator suggests analyst assignments, enhances playbooks, and identifies the best course of action for investigations, RSA said.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.