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Facebook buys PrivateCore to strengthen network security

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Facebook said Thursday that it’s acquiring PrivateCore, a networking security startup whose founders previously held senior engineering positions at VMware and Google (s goog), for an undisclosed amount. Facebook said it will integrate PrivateCore’s security smarts into its server stack.

Facebook (s fb) has been working to secure all network traffic that gets funneled around its data centers, and one way to do so is to use PrivateCore’s vCage technology as a way to protect servers “from persistent malware, unauthorized physical access, and malicious hardware devices,” wrote Joe Sullivan, Facebook chief security officer.

The idea behind the vCage technology is that in typical private or public clouds, thousands of compute nodes are scattered across multiple regions. If just one node were to be infected or tampered with, there’s a chance that the entire cloud infrastructure could be compromised. Having vCage hooked in to the cloud infrastructure will supposedly provide a security blanket that covers and protects all the nodes.

vCage Manager
vCage Manager

Security, as you may have noticed, is a hot topic as of late, with numerous security startups launching or receiving a whole lot of funding. It makes sense for Facebook, which has tons networking infrastructure, to find a startup whose technology aligns with its own. Similarly, Twitter purchased security startup Mitro Labs in late July in order to strengthen password protection.

Post and thumbnail images courtesy of Shutterstock user Andrea Danti.

One Response to “Facebook buys PrivateCore to strengthen network security”

  1. Sven Hering

    Today´s web-based communications systems are being systematically infiltrated both by government agencies and unofficially through web attacks. Web attacks might be carried out by hackers, but often these hackers are being hired by your competitors. Unfortunately, even though there are strict rules and regulations for government departments such as the US Department of Homeland Security or the UK Home Office, these can be easily bypassed by departments such as the National Security Agency, if they believe they have a need to access your information. The majority of cloud services use server capacity from platforms provided by Apple, Google or Amazon.

    The volume of personal and business content is constantly growing and is being transmitted and shared through cloud service platforms such as iCloud, OneCloud, Dropbox or Sharepoint. According to German law, any company that provides any kind of telecommunication services must give German law enforcement access to all data transmitted via their platform/server (§110 TKG). Your personal data communications will be decoded, read and then recoded. The result: your personal content is accessible to governmental departments and thus accessible to many companies and hackers and at risk of being leaked.

    In other words: every encryption system offered to individuals to date has been worthless.

    You need a offline Product like this…this is realy secure….