US firm Rapid7 acquires Galway's NetFort

  • Belfast is home to Rapid7's largest engineering site and its second largest office worldwide.

    US technology security firm Rapid7, who set up a development base in Belfast five years ago, has acquired Irish company NetFort.

    Rapid7 is a leading provider of security analytics and automation, while Galway based Netfort provides end-to-end network traffic visibility and analytics across cloud, virtual and physical networks.

    The Boston headquartered company plans to bring NetFort’s network monitoring, visibility and analytics capabilities into its Insight cloud which delivers a unique combination of network visibility, security analytics, orchestration and automation used by organisations to manage risk, detect and stop attacks, and orchestrate security operations across their modern networks.

    Rapid7 opened its Northern Ireland base in 2014 and since then the technology centre has grown to become the company's largest engineering site and its second largest office worldwide.

    In 2018, the company also opened a Security Operations Centre (SOC) in Belfast, which you can find out more about in the video below.


    Rapid7's acquisition of NetFort will allow the company to consolidate even more data and analytics into a single platform for security and IT professionals. This will improve their ability to detect attacks, investigate incidents and gain increased visibility into devices that pose a risk to organisations.

    “We were immediately impressed by NetFort’s technology and the deep network protocol expertise inherent across the team,” said Lee Weiner, Chief Product Officer at Rapid7. “By bringing NetFort’s network data and analytics to our own platform, we enhance security analysts’ capability to unearth risk, detect attacks, and investigate incidents more effectively.”

    NetFort's CEO John Brosnan added: “We are delighted to join Rapid7 and believe this is a testament to the capabilities of our people and our technology.

    "Rapid7 will help us apply our network data insights across their cloud-based platform to improve the security posture of our customers.”

    Source: Written based on press release

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