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McAfee has joined an expanding group of established security vendors acquiring cloud specialists in a bid to diversify offerings amid an increasingly crowded marketplace.

The recent on-boarding of NanoSec – a multi-cloud, zero-trust application and security platform – adds weight to the theory that industry heavyweights are building out new capabilities through cloud-centric buyouts.

“This is just the latest in a string of deals in which top-tier enterprise cyber security vendors have picked up specialist start-ups in cloud security,” observed Rik Turner, principal analyst of Infrastructure Solutions, Ovum.

Within the space of two years, Palo Alto Networks and Sophos have spearheaded the charge, with the former snapping up a string of names, including Evident.io, RedLock, TwistLock and PureSec. Meanwhile, Sophos acquired three businesses within the space of six months, through Rook Security, DarkBytes and Avid Secure.

Furthermore, Trend Micro acquired Immunio and Check Point took control of Dome9, highlighting a recurring trend within the security space.





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