Check Point acquires startup Hyperwise for $80m

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Check Point wants to benefit from the company’s CPU-level threat prevention engine, which has been in “stealth mode” since 2013

Check Point has acquired security startup Hyperwise for $80 million to benefit from the company’s CPU-level threat prevention engine.

The exploit prevention technology provides a “higher catch rate of threats” and provides organisations an “unmatched level of protection against attackers”, said Check Point.

Current approaches to threat prevention have traditionally focused on detecting and blocking malware only after the malware is already active, resulting in an “unaddressed threat gap” in the earlier phases of attack. With the acquisition of Hyperwise, Check Point says it will now address this gap by enabling the detection of threats at the pre-infection stage, blocking previously undetected attacks.

Hyperwise is a “stealth-mode” private company started in 2013 and is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel. The Hyperwise founders and team will immediately be integrated into Check Point’s operations, and the technology will be rolled into the existing Check Point Threat Emulation portfolio.

Gil Shwed, CEO of Check Point, said: “The acquisition of Hyperwise brings important technology and deep expertise. As we integrate the next generation OS and CPU level threat protection into our Threat Emulation offering, Check Point will bolster customers’ cyber defence strategies.”