ADT continues to build out its portfolio of IT security services with the acquisition of Datashield, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company that will now operate under the brand ADT Cybersecurity. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Founded in 2009, Datashield provides cybersecurity solutions in conjunction with managed detection and response (MDR) services across various industries, including healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, energy, legal and more. The company is said to be the leading provider of MDR services to the mid-market.
Datashield CEO Michael Malone will join stay onboard as senior vice president of ADT Cybersecurity, reporting directly to ADT CEO Tim Whall.
In a press release, ADT cites market research that shows the security gap is widening as advanced threats continue to bypass the first line of defense. Thus, many organizations are struggling to deploy, manage and use an effective combination of expertise and tools to detect advanced cyber threats.
Mid-market and enterprise organizations are increasingly finding the need for managed and monitored cyber solutions to help detect and respond to cyberattacks, according to ADT. It is estimated that by 2020, approximately 20% of mid-market and enterprise organizations will deploy MDR services, up from less than 1% in 2016 (Technavio, 2016; Gartner, 2016; Frost & Sullivan, 2015).
Datashield is the only MDR provider to offer full packet capture and inspection beyond headers and metadata behind the firewall, according to the press release. ADT commercial and national account customers that add cybersecurity services will also have access to SHIELDVision, a unified platform for organizing, managing and collecting cyber intelligence. The solution automates security analyst workflows to close the gap between cyberattack and breach detection time and remediation for customers.
“Our goal is to provide ADT customers with the most comprehensive security solution to protect their business, and in today’s world, this not only means their physical premise, but also their network,” says Whall. He continues, saying, “Michael and his team will infuse cybersecurity DNA into our core business, allowing us to provide an offering that will distinguish our brand as the premiere resource for end-to-end security.”
In September, Datashield opened a state-of-the-art advanced security operations center (ASOC) at its headquarters, increasing customer capacity by 300%, according to the announcement.
“The standard approach to cybersecurity was not designed to provide rapid response,” says Malone. “This is a landmark opportunity to combine the brand and reach of ADT, with the technology and innovation of Datashield to establish the new standard in the most comprehensive digital protection for Mid-Market and Enterprise businesses.”