Packetloop has been aquired by Arbor Networks, a company which sells appliances designed to defend against Distributed Denial-of-Service attacks.
Security startup Packetloop analyses network packets to find malicious activity or anomalous network behavior. The goal is to identify any potential data-stealing activity from internal or external sources. The firm focused on protecting network connections between on-premise corporate networks to any cloud implementation, and any combination of both.
The technology can scale to terabytes of data, a feat that is ideal for large enterprise customers like ISPs and telecommunications providers, Arbor said. It also can aid incident responders, acting as a DVR of network activity with visualisations of traffic data.
Company co-founder and chief executive Scott Crane said on the company blog that the technology would integrate nicely with Arbor's Peakflow network visibility and Pravail application availability, and internal threat detection engine. Crane said the company has a strong big data security analytics platform, which will be backed by a global sales and consulting practice.
"We look forward to the months ahead where we will integrate Packetloop with the Arbor product suite, and bring to the industry an even more revolutionary suite of security analytics tools that will change the way the people think about Advanced Threat Mitigation," Crane wrote.
Arbor said it is acquiring privately held Packetloop as part of an expansion of its operations.
"With Packetloop, Arbor is in a unique an enviable position to deliver a network-based, full-spectrum security visibility, detection, mitigation and analytics platform that can scale to terabytes and petabytes of both realtime and retrospective security data," said Chris Lamb, vice president of engineering at Arbor, in a blog post about the acquisition.
"Packetloop has a set of technologies that address some very difficult security problems that have been, and are continuing to keep customers up at night. They’ve developed a powerful decision-making platform that brings context to massive amounts of data that can paralyze security teams."
DDoS attacks are strengthening, according to security experts, who point to a continued rise in speed and volume of attacks. Security analyst firms say application-based DDoS attacks will increase in 2013 and point to a spate of high-profile attacks aimed at the banking industry and other businesses by hacktivist groups attempting to disrupt network operations.