Masergy Buys Global DataGuard to Combat 'Rapidly Evolving Threat Landscape'

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Masergy Communications Inc. is beefing up its data security protection capabilities with the purchase of Global DataGuard Inc.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed as both Texas-based companies are privately held.

Masergy, which provides managed services to enterprises through channel partners, aimed to make the most of machine and human intelligence to protect its networks and customer data.

“In today's rapidly evolving threat landscape, discrete signature or rule-based security solutions alone are not adequate from a risk management perspective," Chris MacFarland, CEO of Masergy, said in a prepared statement. "And as seen in recent news, even when businesses invest in advanced security solutions, the lack of systematic sharing and correlation of subsystem data and vigilant 24/7 monitoring leaves them exposed to advanced threats."

Thus, as cyber attacks threaten to only grow more intense and sophisticated, buying Global DataGuard gives Masergy the ability to better ward off problems, MacFarland said.

"It's a new battlefield," he added.

To that point, Masergy's Security as a Service platform now includes Global DataGuard's Unified Enterprise Security and professional services offerings. The former comes with around-the-clock security monitoring and reporting by certified analysts; patented network behavioral analysis; persistent threat management; and more. The latter is comprised of security and forensic audits, compliance and penetration testing, vulnerability assessments and risk management.

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