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Amazon Scoops Up Sqrrl for Cloud Security

Mitch Wagner

Amazon Web Services is looking to expand its security services and tighten ties to the government with the acquisition of Sqrrl.

Sqrrl CEO Mark Ternzoni reported the acquisition in a brief announcement to the company's home page this week.

The two companies didn't disclose specific financial information about the deal, but Axios reported its worth at more than $40 million in December. (See AWS Reportedly Eyeing Deal for Big Data Startup Sqrrl .)

Sqrrl is five years old and has raised about $26.5 million in venture funding. It develops big data analytics tools to help detect, investigate and visualize security threats within a network. Six former NSA employees founded the company.

My colleague Scott Ferguson has more at sister site Security Now: AWS Officially Inks Deal for Security Startup Sqrrl

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Amazon Web Services Inc. has been stepping up its security game. It announced the Macie security service in August, based on technology from startup Harvest.ai, which Amazon acquired.

Amazon launched the AWS Secret Region, a cloud service for intelligence agencies, in November.

And AWS launched the GuardDuty security service in November. (See AWS GuardDuty Looks to Lock Down Cloud Security .)

The NSA open sourced database software called Accumulo in 2011, and a group from the core Accumulo team founded Sqrrl in 2012, based in Cambridge, Mass., with capital from Spring Lake Equity Partners, Matrix Partners, Rally Ventures and Accomplice.

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