Google is to acquire cybersecurity firm Mandiant for $5.4 billion in cash. Google will be integrating all the operations carried on by Mandiant into Google Cloud, eventually forming an “end-to-end security operations suite.”
Mandiant relied on the efforts of over 600 security experts and 300 intelligence analysts, and as a result of the acquisition, it will provide services such as cybersecurity advice for spotting new threats and reviewing the acquirer’s digital defences.
The cybersecurity firm, Mandiant, is best known for revealing the disastrous SolarWinds attack. An attack that hacked systems throughout the federal government of the US was believed to be backed by the Russian government.
In a blog post, Google Cloud’s CEO, Thomas Kurian, said, “We are pleased to welcome Mandiant to Google Cloud to further expand our security operations suite and advisory services, as well as to assist customers in addressing their most critical security concerns.”
“In cybersecurity, there has never been a more critical time, “stated Mandiant CEO Kevin Mandia in a press statement. Moreover, “Mandiant’s objective has been to combat cyber assaults and safeguard our clients.” In addition, “To that end, we are thrilled to be joining forces with Google Cloud. Together, we will deliver expertise and intelligence at scale, changing the security industry.”