When Dov and I founded ThreatGRID in 2010, our goal was to create a product that made a difference and to build a company that made our teams and our customers proud. We spent the first six months strategizing, refining and validating – with our peers and industry stalwarts – the concept that has evolved into the product you see today. We wanted to develop a platform that was not simply another malware analysis product; we’ve never seen ourselves as a “just another sandbox.” While our static and dynamic analysis engines are core to the production of all the content and artifacts we provide to our users, they’re only one part of a system built to empower users and solve their security challenges. I know we have done an amazing job so far, but in looking at our roadmap and research projects, I’m reminded of and excited by just how much we still have to do.
ThreatGRID has never been the work of any one person. The phenomenal team that we have been fortunate enough to work with, to learn from and be inspired by is the reason ThreatGRID exists and has been as successful as it has been. Keeping the team inspired and excited each day is more than having an interesting set of challenges to address. It’s about creating a culture around a diverse and brilliant set of individuals and ensuring that they all have the tools, environment and, most important, the freedom, to work in a way that best suits them. That, and having a ridiculous amount of fun at the same time.
Our focus has always been the technology, but as with any similar endeavor, there is a roadmap for the company and its future. Part of this roadmap is to look beyond what we’re capable of now and to consider a future that has the potential to change the fundamental way in which we address the threat landscape and how we approach solving those customer problems. When an opportunity to help drive that change presents itself, and also aligns with your core beliefs and culture, you seize it.
In that spirit, I’m proud to announce that Cisco today announced its intent to acquire ThreatGRID.
Cisco’s recent acquisition of Sourcefire, coupled with its vision for addressing the current and evolving threat landscape through technologies that target threats across the attack continuum, resonated with Dov and me. We both strongly believe that ThreatGRID can play an integral part in realizing Cisco’s security strategy. ThreatGRID’s public and private cloud sandboxing combines dynamic and static malware analysis with threat analytics to produce continuous, real-time threat intelligence, enriched by global and historical context. The acquisition of ThreatGRID is a natural extension of Cisco’s advanced threat protection offerings and enhances Cisco’s Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) portfolio. This integration will help to identify and prevent advanced cyber threats by addressing the entire attack lifecycle.
To work within a team we all know and respect, to continue doing what we do best, and to work on new and interesting problems for our customers, is an opportunity worth embracing. We have accomplished so many great things on our own, but now we have the opportunity to execute on a global scale with the support of the people, resources and reach of Cisco. This is a new chapter for ThreatGRID, filled with new opportunities.
Most important, for our families and friends, a heartfelt “thank you” from everyone at ThreatGRID for supporting our passion, and for all the invaluable advice you’ve given us throughout this entire journey. To those early adopters, customers and partners who have become friends along the way, thank you for believing in our vision and giving us the opportunity to make a difference for you – now and in the future.
CTO & Co-Founder