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NSA linked Morta Security is bought by Palo Alto Networks

Ex-spies come out of stealth mode
Tue Jan 07 2014, 14:01
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SECURITY COMPANY Morta Security, which was founded by former employees of the US National Security Agency (NSA), has been picked up by Palo Alto Networks for an undisclosed sum.

It seems to be part of NSA culture to be stealthy, and this outfit has been in stealth mode for some time. It is happy to be joining a firm that shares its outlook, and in statements both firms were glowing about their merger.

"Palo Alto Networks has a successful history of disrupting the network security landscape with its unique offerings," said Morta Security CEO Raj Shah. "The Morta team is excited to work with the clear leaders in this space and we look forward to joining the company and contributing to future highly innovative technology leadership."

Palo Alto Networks plans to add Morta Security's malware detection technology to its resources and line of services.

"The Morta team brings additional valuable threat intelligence experience and capabilities to Palo Alto Networks," added Palo Alto Networks CEO and president Mark McLaughlin.

"The company's technology developments align well with our highly integrated, automated and scalable platform approach and their contributions will translate into additive threat detection and prevention benefits for our customers."

Palo Alto Networks said that Morta's kit, which deals with advanced persistent threats, would fit in with its own kit for "protecting national infrastructure" and "prevention capabilities of the Wildfire offering". Wildfire is the company's enterprise level network security suite of services.

Whether this deal has been signed to enable Palo Alto to offer online monitoring services of its own to governments worldwide, or help it offer protection services against any unwanted surveillance, we can only speculate. µ


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