Fortinet Acquires Lacework: A Major Move in Cloud Security Strategy

Fortinet has reached an agreement to buy cloud security company Lacework for an undisclosed amount.

Founded in 2015, Lacework is known for its cloud-based machine learning, AI and automation technology that allows customers to manage and secure cloud workflows. Its security technology identifies, filters, and reports on irregular or anomalous activities that might signify serious security issues, according to the company. A recent report from Frost & Sullivan highlighted that Lacework has a well-defined roadmap for technological advancements focusing on areas like security posture management, threat detection, investigation, and automatic remediation.

Fortinet plans to incorporate Lacework’s technology into several of its product offerings, including its secure access service edge (SASE) and Security Fabric packages.

In a blog post, John Maddison, chief marketing officer at Fortinet, explained that Lacework possesses unique AI and machine-learning technology, an innovative architecture for both agent and agentless data collection, a proprietary data lake, and an effective code security solution that incorporates Cloud-Native Application Protection Platform services to safeguard cloud operations.

“We intend to make the platform even more powerful by integrating it with Fortinet’s firewall and WAAP capabilities to further help customers identify, prioritize, and remediate risks and threats in complex cloud-native infrastructure from code to cloud,” Madison stated. “Specifically, the combination will allow customers to protect what’s happening inside the cloud app along with what’s happening between the app and the outside world.”

Lacework is part of the cloud workload protection platform ecosystem that a recent report from Frost & Sullivan calls highly fragmented, comprising cloud service providers, traditional network and endpoint security vendors, vulnerability assessment vendors, and start-ups specializing in cloud security. More than 50 vendors compete in the CWPP space globally, including Palo Alto, Microsoft, Broadcom/VMware Carbone Black, Wiz and Check Point. Until recently, Wiz had been heavily rumored to be acquiring Lacework.

“Frost & Sullivan predicts a growing trend toward consolidation, with further acquisitions and mergers expected,” according to the firm. “This will likely lead to fewer yet more robust options for organizations, as larger vendors with more resources can better provide comprehensive solutions that meet the needs of their customers.”

The Fortinet/Lacework transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2024.

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