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Oracle Buys Zenedge to Bolster Security

Zenedge protects against distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks and provides Web Application Firewall protection.

Mitch Wagner

February 15, 2018

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Oracle Buys Zenedge to Bolster Security

Oracle said Thursday it plans to acquire Zenedge, which secures critical cloud, on-premises and hybrid IT from distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) and attacks on web traffic.

ZenEdge provides cloud-based Web Application Firewall and DDoS mitigation products protecting applications, networks, databases and APIs. ZenEdge also provides services through a Security Operations Center (SOC) defending over 800,000 web properties and networks globally, Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL) said in a statement.

Additionally, Zenedge protects against bots and malware, according to a presentation by Oracle. Zenedge integrates into Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) and reporting systems for compliance.

Figure 1: Good-looking group Photo via Zenedge on Facebook. Photo via Zenedge on Facebook.

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Zenedge customers see significant reductions in illicit website traffic and improvement in page load times, Oracle said.

Zenedge capabilities will be integrated into Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Oracle Domain Name System capabilities. Zenedge now offers DDoS protection for applications hosted on Oracle competitor Amazon Web Services, as well as Microsoft Azure.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Zenedge team will join Oracle, according to an Oracle PDF. Zenedge products and services will continue to be supported and available for purchase.

Zenedge has $13.7 million total funding, was founded in 2014 and based in Aventura, Florida, according to Crunchbase.

The acquisition follows Oracle's announcement earlier this week that it's expanding its autonomous capabilities more broadly on its cloud infrastructure platform. Oracle sees automation as essential to protecting infrastructure security.(See Oracle Expands Cloud Autonomy, Data Centers & SLAs and Oracle's Ellison: 'We Are Losing the Cyberwar'.)

Zenedge boasts that its products and services are based on artificial intelligence (just like these appallingly wrong NSFW iPhone cases). Oracle CEO Mark Hurd talked up the benefits of AI and automation for protecting systems, at the company's CloudWorld NY conference. (See Oracle's Mark Hurd Touts Automation for Security & Patching Concerns and Oracle's Hurd: 90% of Apps Will Integrate AI in 2 Years.)

Last year, Hurd said cloud-based applications provide greater security than on-premises IT. (See Is Oracle Right? Is Security in the Cloud a Solved Problem?)

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About the Author(s)

Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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