Webroot today announced it has acquired Prevx, a UK based provider of cloud-based anti-malware solutions.
Prevx provides cloud-based antivirus protection and behavior-based malware detection, helping to block threats before they can reach a PC or corporate network.
Founded in 2001, Derby, England-based Prevx provides products for protecting home PCs, corporate networks and mobile devices from malware threats, including zero-day exploits. Prevx uses cloud technology to understand when malicious files or processes are attempting to attack, a faster and more effective approach than traditional signature-based detection. The company says that its flagship product, Prevx 3.0, features a small, fast, and light-weight endpoint security agent which is substantially easier to deploy, and utilizes dramatically less system resources, than traditional large anti-malware engines.
“Today’s cybercrime industry is rife with zero day exploits, social engineering, and sophisticated techniques which make it possible for threats to get past traditional malware detection,” said Mel Morris, Prevx founder, and vice president and general manager of Prevx operations at Webroot.
Webroot recently expanded its cloud security portfolio with the acquisition of Web site classification company BrightCloud earlier this year.
Webroot will integrate Prevx’s technology into its cloud security services. The financial terms of the deal were not dislosed.