Juniper Networks has acquired security firm Mykonos Software, which makes tools to protect web applications from zero-day attacks, in a deal worth $80m.
Juniper aims to use the acquisition to build security tools for physical, virtual and cloud environments.
“[We will] deliver an end-to-end security portfolio that provides an always-protected environment across devices, applications, the network and the cloud,” said Nawaf Bitar, general manager of Juniper's security business unit.
Mykonos has developed a novel approach to securing web applications, by introducing something akin to a moat.
This involves including code in the web application – such as forms or server files – that has no function itself. But anyone attacking the application will have to work around this extra code, and this provides firms with a warning that an attack is underway.
This approach is particularly suited to defending against zero-day attacks, where attackers target vulnerabilities for which there is no available patch, Mykonos claimed.
Zero-day attacks may account for as little as one per cent of all cyber attacks on firms, according to figures from Microsoft.
But this type of hacking has been favoured by some of the more pernicious attacks, such as those those launched against more than 700 firms last year, including RSA Security, where the perpetrators were intent on stealing the target's most prized intellectual property.
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