UPDATED 15:47 EDT / NOVEMBER 04 2019

SECURITY

Sumo Logic acquires Dell-backed Jask for its security automation technology

Sumo Logic Inc.,  an analytics and cybersecurity provider that recently achieved unicorn status, today announced that it has acquired Jask Labs Inc. for an undisclosed sum to provide more threat detection capabilities for customers.

Redwood City, California-based Sumo Logic provides an analytics platform that information technology departments use to gain deeper insight into the health of their infrastructure. A cloud administrator can harness the platform to troubleshoot issues in their company’s Amazon Web Services instances, while security teams employ it to look for network weak points and data breaches.

Jask likewise offers technology for enterprise security teams. The startup, which has raised about $39 million from Dell Technologies Inc. and others, provides a cloud service that automates some of the steps involved in detecting network breaches.

The Jask AOC Platform collects activity data from a company’s internal systems and uses artificial intelligence to isolate suspicious events. For each incident, the service generates a technical overview that includes a severity estimate along with detailed technical data administrators can use to dig deeper. The AI under the hood then looks at how administrators interact with the data to find ways of providing more relevant results in the future.

Sumo Logic will relaunch Jask’s offering as Sumo Logic ASOC and integrate the product with its flagship analytics platform. The deal aligns with the vision that the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Ramin Sayar, outlined for enterprise IT operations in a recent interview.

“You need to be able to take all those different types of data and signals, for the different types of infrastructure and applications that you’re managing, and provide an intelligence-based system not a monitoring-based system.” Sayar (pictured) said last month on theCUBE, SiliconANGLE’s mobile livestreaming studio. 

The Jask acquisition is part of a broader product roadmap that is set to see Sumo Logic launch another security tool by the end of the year. The startup described it as a “Spec Ops offering for threat hunting,” but didn’t provide further details. Sumo Logic is appointing Jask CEO Greg Martin as the head of its security unit to lead its efforts in this market.

Here’s the full interview with Sayar: 

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