CrowdStrike Holdings, Inc. ( CRWD Quick Quote CRWD - Free Report) recently entered into a definitive agreement to acquire high-performance cloud log management technology provider, Humio. The buyout will enable CrowdStrike to ingest and correlate data from any log or application and generate real-time security. Hence, its eXtended Detection and Response (XDR) capabilities will be fortified. The $400-million acquisition is expected to close in CrowdStrike’s fiscal first quarter of 2022. Per Gartner, XDR is “a SaaS-based, vendor-specific, security threat detection and incident response tool that natively integrates multiple security products into a cohesive security operations system that unifies all licensed components.” XDR builds on endpoint detection and response (EDR) and consolidates multiple products into a unified security incident detection and response platform. Notably, CrowdStrike has a 10-year expertise in EDR and XDR, and strives to combine endpoint events with network visibility, account and identity insights. The amalgamation of its capabilities with Humio’s analytics platform will ensure the delivery of powerful high-speed contextual index-free XDR. The acquisition will also help CrowdStrike compete better with Fortinet ( FTNT Quick Quote FTNT - Free Report) and McAfee’s ( MCFE Quick Quote MCFE - Free Report) XDR platforms, FortiXDR and MVISION XDR, respectively. Acquisitions Drive Growth
CrowdStrike has made a couple of strategic acquisitions to boost growth. Most recently, in September 2020, the company completed the acquisition of identity theft protection provider, Preempt Security, enhancing its Zero Trust security capabilities. Further, Preempt Security’s integration fortified CrowdStrike’s Falcon platform’s capabilities to offer protection against identity-based attacks and insider threats.
Prior to this, the company bought Payload Security in November 2017. Payload was specialized in providing automated malware analysis systems to enterprises, governments, universities, SOCs and IR teams. We believe that these acquisitions have not only strengthened the data-protection capabilities of CrowdStrike but also expanded its customer base. This makes prospects of the acquisition of Humio encouraging. Moreover, CrowdStrike has a strong balance sheet with ample liquidity position. Cash, short-term investments and marketable securities were $1.06 billion as of Oct 31, 2020. Apart from this, since it carries no long-term debt, the cash is available for pursuing strategic acquisitions, investments in growth initiatives and distribution to shareholders. Zacks Rank & Another Stock to Consider
CrowdStrike currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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