Google Cloud Completes Mandiant Acquisition

Google Cloud, the branch of the Mountain View giant dedicated to cloud computing, has just announced the completion of the acquisition of the cybersecurity company Mandiant. With this operation unveiled last spring at 5.4 billion dollars (i.e. as many euros), the second most expensive acquisition carried out by the Alphabet group, Google Cloud is significantly strengthening in the strategic field of cybersecurity, a key argument in the remote computing market.

intelligence skills

Mandiant, which specializes in cyber threat intelligence, is to bring its cutting-edge expertise to Google Cloud. Thus, its experience “in detecting and responding to sophisticated actors will offer Google Cloud customers actionable threat information”, underlines the company, currently largely outpaced by Amazon and Microsoft in the cloud field.

More specifically, the skills of Mandiant, currently led by its founder, Kevin Mandia, a former Air Force officer, should enable Google Cloud to better identify vulnerabilities, reduce the attack surface of its customers and provide expert advice. The Mandiant brand, very established in the world of cybersecurity, will however be retained by Google Cloud. Similarly, the firm will continue to publish threat reports.

APT reports

Spent a time in the fold of FireEye, Mandiant has indeed made a name for herself in cybersecurity with her detailed reports on the “Advanced Persistent Threat”, this acronym which designates the groups of particularly sophisticated attackers, generally supported by States. . In February 2013, the company traced for example the computer attacks of APT-1, a group related to a unit of the People’s Liberation Army of China.

As a sign of his influence, Mandiant had promoted his standard around intelligence on cyber threats, OpenIOC (for Open Indicators of Compromise). A method that should, the company explained, allow cybersecurity officials to describe the technical characteristics of a threat, the methodology of an attacker or other evidence of a compromise. The cybersecurity company had generated revenue of $483 million in 2021, up 21%.

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