ReaQta has developed a behavioural-based platform that is claimed to prevent known as well as unknown threats in real-time


The solutions of ReaQta will become part of the IBM QRadar XDR portfolio. (Credit: Tokumeigakarinoaoshima/Wikimedia Commons)

IBM revealed plans to acquire ReaQta, a provider of endpoint security solutions, in a move to expand its cybersecurity threat detection and response capabilities.

The tech major did not disclose the financial terms of the deal.

ReaQta’s solutions are said to tap artificial intelligence (AI) for automatically identifying and handling threats and at the same time staying undetectable to adversaries.

The company’s behavioural-based platform can prevent known, as well as, unknown threats in real-time. It can be deployed in a hybrid model, whether on-premises, in the cloud, or air-gapped environments.

With deep learning natively done on the endpoint, the platform is said to continuously improve on defining threat behaviour that is customised to each business per endpoint. This enables the platform to prevent any abnormal behaviour.

ReaQta’s platform also utilises a ‘Nano OS’ that tracks the operating systems from the outside, helping to block interference by adversaries.

ReaQta CEO Alberto Pelliccione said: “Our mission at ReaQta has been to better equip the defenders, who are tirelessly striving to stay ahead of cyber threats, with advanced technology to quickly identify and block new attacks.

“Joining forces with IBM will enable us to enhance and scale our unique AI capabilities across all types of environments via a proven platform for threat detection and response.”

IBM said that the acquisition will grow its capabilities in the extended detection and response (XDR) market. Furthermore, it is in line with its strategy to provide security with an open approach, extending across disparate tools, data and hybrid cloud environments.

Apart from the acquisition, IBM has unveiled a new suite of XDR offerings under the QRadar brand.

According to the company, the IBM QRadar XDR suite of security software lets security analysts in breaking down the silos between the proliferation of point products in the industry. This is said to offer complete visibility across security tools and data sources to equip security teams with the insights and automation needed for faster response.

ReaQta’s offerings after the closing of the deal will become part of the IBM QRadar XDR portfolio.

IBM security general manager Mary O’Brien said: “The future of security is open, using technologies that can connect the security insights that are buried across disparate tools and advanced AI to identify and automatically respond to threats more quickly across their entire infrastructure, from endpoint to cloud.

“With our expanded capabilities via QRadar XDR and the planned addition of ReaQta, IBM is helping clients get ahead of attackers with the first XDR solution that reduces vendor lock-in via the use of open standards.”

The deal, which is subject to customary closing conditions and necessary regulatory reviews, is anticipated to close later this year.

Last month, IBM signed a deal with McDonald’s to acquire the latter’s McD Tech Labs for the development of automated order taking technology.