Webroot announces the acquisition of cloud-based anti-malware rival Prevx

Webroot has announced the acquisition of fellow cloud-based anti-malware solution provider Prevx.

As part of the deal, Webroot will integrate Prevx's technology into its cloud security services to deliver online protection for consumers and businesses.

Dick Williams, CEO at Webroot, said: “Webroot and Prevx share a common vision for revolutionising what we believe is a market in need of dramatic change. Security vendors have expected customers to buy, install, maintain and then manage security products that simply cannot keep pace with today's cyber criminals.

“Prevx is a leader in cloud-based anti-virus protection and behaviour-based malware detection, which block threats before they can ever reach a PC or corporate network. This technology, combined with Webroot's innovations, customer service and support, will make it easy for consumers to stay protected online wherever they go, and easy for businesses to protect their employees and their networks.

“Webroot has been moving more security off of the desktop and into the cloud in order to deliver better protection as a service to our customers. Together Webroot and Prevx will deliver on our promise of providing our customers the best security service in the world. We believe this is a seminal event not just for our company but for our industry.”

Mel Morris, Prevx founder and vice president and general manager of Prevx operations at Webroot, said: “Today's cyber crime industry is rife with zero-day exploits, social engineering and sophisticated techniques, which make it possible for threats to get past traditional malware detection.

“Webroot shares our desire to innovate at a time when our industry has fallen behind in the war against online crime. We also share a commitment to developing a relationship with our customers and making security an experience they enjoy. We are pleased to become a part of Webroot and join forces in leading a revolution in the security industry.”

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