Amazon Web Services acquires advanced threat platform provider Sqrrl

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has acquired Sqrrl, an advanced threat detection platform provider, according to an announcement from the latter.

A statement from Mark Terenzoni, CEO of Sqrrl, explained: “We’re thrilled to share that Sqrrl has been acquired by Amazon. We will be joining the Amazon Web Services family, and we’re looking forward to working together on customer offerings for the future.”

Sqrrl offers a ‘threat hunting’ platform which combines technology such as link analysis and user behaviour analytics, as well as being compatible with security information and event management (SIEM) systems. The majority of Sqrrl’s founders had previously worked for the NSA. The company has to date secured $26.5 million in funding across four rounds, with the most recent, a series C of $12.3m, landing in June last year.

The announcement confirms a story from Axios published last month which asserted AWS was in advanced acquisition talks. While the announcement does not give any indication as to how Sqrrl will fit into AWS going forward, it is worth noting that AWS launched Amazon GuardDuty, a managed threat detection service, at the company’s re:Invent showcase in November. Last month, Trend Micro announced a collaboration with AWS on its Enterprise Contracts for AWS Marketplace service.

This is not to mention the wide-ranging security snafus around the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities publicly disclosed earlier this month. AWS was among many cloud providers who issued statements fairly sharpish about how they were combating the problem. According to the most recent update, as of January 23, all instances across the Amazon EC2 fleet were protected with no ‘meaningful performance impact’ for the majority of EC2 workloads.

“For now, it is business as usual at Sqrrl,” Terenzoni added. “We will continue to work with customers to provide advanced threat hunting capabilities. And, over time, we’ll work with AWS to do even more on your behalf.”