Sophos Acquires Capsule8: What It Means For Sophos Partners

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Earlier today, Sophos made the very exciting announcement that we have acquired Capsule8. Capsule8 is a pioneer and market leader in Linux detection and protection. They are dedicated solely to the development of Linux security offering deep visibility into on-premises and cloud managed workloads.

The acquisition of Capsule8 comes at a perfect time for Sophos partners. The use of cloud platforms has grown considerably over recent years, and the pandemic further accelerated the move from on-premises servers to cloud-based server workloads. In fact, Linux is now the dominant operating system for server workloads. Therefore, it is not surprising that adversaries are adapting their approaches to attack these systems and why we at Sophos are continuing to focus on protecting our customers against this growing threat.

Sophos Partners will now be able to target additional customers who want a high-performance, low-impact, Linux offering. It will also open more opportunities to attract organizations who want best-in-class security from a single vendor across all their operating systems.

Our engineering team is already busy planning the integration of Capsule8’s technology into the Sophos Adaptive Cybersecurity Ecosystem (ACE), providing powerful and lightweight Linux server and cloud container security. We’re planning a phased launch approach, which will integrate Capsule8’s product into our core technology beginning next year. Products and services that will benefit from Capsule8 technology include:

  • Intercept X Advanced with XDR – enabling more comprehensive detection and response (EDR & XDR) across Windows, Linux and containers
  • Intercept X server protection products – adding high-performance, low-impact Linux protection
  • Sophos Managed Threat Response (MTR) and Rapid Response services – reducing the time it takes analysts to detect and respond to threats involving Linux systems

We’re excited to add the world’s best Linux protection to Sophos. Stay tuned for more updates.