Cloud solutions firm Qualys acquires Blue Hexagon to offer clients insights

Sumedh Thakar, President and Chief Executive Officer of Qualys

Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ: QLYS), a pioneer and provider of disruptive cloud-based information technology, security and compliance solutions, announced it acquired the assets of Blue Hexagon. This brings AI/machine learning (AI/ML) to the Qualys Cloud Platform to help convert petabytes of highly integrated data into meaningful insights for customers.

What does Blue Hexagon bring to Qualys’ portfolio?

This acquisition will enable Qualys to leverage its powerful Cloud Platform and its over 10 trillion data points to uncover behavior patterns including active vulnerability exploitation, identification of advanced network threats, and adaptive risk mitigation across all assets and applications. This combination of highly integrated security data with machine learning tech will bring predictive and automated reduction of cyber security risk to Qualys customers.

Blue Hexagon is an AI/ML innovator of Cloud Threat Detection and Response solutions enabling enterprises to adopt the public cloud securely through real-time detection of several attacks, from supply chain infection in containers and storage, to crypto miners and APTs with command and control, to unauthorised activity from malicious actors. The Blue Hexagon AI/ML technology will be integrated throughout the Qualys Cloud Platform allowing clients to:

  • Detect active vulnerability exploitations – Blue Hexagon’s AI/ML-based threat detection capability, integrated into Qualys VMDR, will augment vulnerability assessment by detecting active exploitations based on behavior patterns and suspicious activities over the network.
  • Implement adaptive risk mitigation – Leverage the Qualys Cloud Platform for predictive analytics to reduce the risk of open vulnerabilities and threats including exposure of business-critical assets with adaptive mitigations.
  • Augment detection and response with the context of network threats – Blue Hexagon’s AI/ML-driven network detection will allow Qualys Multi-Vector EDR and Context XDR to collect, inspect and analyse network telemetry, protocols and traffic in an agentless manner, including encrypted traffic, for early signs of ransomware and malware attacks.

What were the executives’ thoughts on the acquisition?

“The team and I are delighted to join such an innovative, industry-leading cloud security firm. Our deep learning-based Network Detection and Response products augment Qualys’ massive security data lake with network data and deep learning, enabling enhanced security risk assessment and detection,” said Nayeem Islam, CEO and co-founder of Blue Hexagon.

“It is a pleasure to welcome the brightest minds in AI/ML and cybersecurity to the Qualys team. Qualys’ mission is helping organisations identify and reduce cyber risks, and the blue hexagon platform will enable us to provide powerful context-aware insights that will enhance our customers’ cyber resilience,” said Sumedh Thakar, president and CEO of Qualys.

Following the aquisition, Blue Hexagon employees are joining the Qualys team with Nayeem Islam becoming vice president of product management for the threat analytics platform.