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Proofpoint To Buy Israeli Cybersecurity Startup Meta Networks For $120 Million

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Etai Bogner - Meta Networks

US giant Proofpoint pays $120 million to acquire Israeli cybersecurity startup Meta Networks. The Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) offers connects and secures people, applications, clouds, data centers, and offices with a software-defined perimeter.

Founded in 2016, by serial entrepreneur Etai Bogner, Alon Horowitz, and Shmulik Ladkani, the Tel Aviv-based Meta Networks has raised $10 million to date from the Israeli venture capital fund BRM Vortex. Meta Networks. The company employs 20 technical contributors.

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For Etai Bogner, this is the third company he established. In 1999 he founded SofaWare, a security company acquired by CheckPoint. Then he founded Neocleus, which was acquired by Intel for $1 million, according to Globes, Neocleus has raised $20 million. And, then there is Stratoscale, which focuses on cloud technology.

Proofpoint already has a development center in Israel, which is founded at the end of 2016 when acquired another Israeli startup, FireLayers for $55 million.

According to the CRN 2018 Tech Innovators Databank, the offering from Proofpoint, a public company traded on Wall Street at a company value of    $7 billion, was first introduced in April last year and is priced on a per-user, per month basis.

The agreement is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close by the end of June. Proofpoint paying $111 million in cash and roughly $9 million in common stock and options. The acquisition isn’t expected to materially impact Proofpoint’s financial results in 2019, according to a statement by Proofpoint. The company’s stock remained unchanged at $123.85 in after-hours trading Monday.

California-based cybersecurity vendor said it plans to integrate Meta Networks’ zero trust network access technology into Proofpoint’s cloud access security broker (CASB) and web isolation product lines to offer customers more comprehensive cloud access and security platform.

Proofpoint CEO Gary Steele explained: “As cyber attacks primarily target people, and organizations continue to move their infrastructure to the cloud, the compromise of a single user all too often leads to a full enterprise breach. Limiting employee and contractor access to only authorized resources, rather than the entire corporate network, is a critical control in a people-centric security model.”

According to Steele “by combining Meta Networks’ innovative zero trust network access technology with our people-centric security capabilities, Proofpoint will make it far simpler for enterprises to precisely control employee and contractor access to on-premises, cloud, and consumer applications. We are thrilled to welcome Meta Networks employees to the Proofpoint team,” Steele said in a statement.

“Protecting people and resources beyond the traditional perimeter is perhaps the most critical security requirement in the cloud era,” Meta Networks Founder and CEO Etay Bogner said. “Together with Proofpoint, we will continue to realize a security vision that adapts to the way both threats and infrastructure are moving: to the cloud.”





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