Webroot Acquires Hosted Internet Security Services Provider BrightCloud

Internet security company Webroot today announced it has acquired BrightCloud, a Web content classification and security services provider. Webroot aims to integrate BrightCloud’s technology with its own proprietary malware detection and security-as-a-service (SaaS) technologies.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, but the BrightCloud team will join Webroot’s Cloud Engineering team with an expanded focus on hosted security services.

Founded in 2005 and based in San Diego, California, BrightCloud provides Web reputation and content classification capabilities that aim to maximize productivity and mitigate Web-based security risks. The company claims to maintain information on more than 200 million URLs and IP addresses in order to comprise the most accurate and comprehensive data available for classifying content and detecting malicious sites. The company’s technology is used by partners to create an added layer of security and policy management for their customers.

BrightCloud was founded by CEO Quinn Curtis, who previously served as Director of Product Management at Websense and before that spent almost 9 years at Microsoft, working as a product manager on the team that built and launched the first version of Microsoft Exchange.

Webroot offers cloud-based Web security solutions that businesses can use to protect themselves against malware threats. The company, which employs more than 400 people globally, will deliver Web security via the cloud to consumers as part of Webroot Internet Security Complete, a new product launching later this month.

The acquisition of BrightCloud allows the software company to build and enhance services utilizing Web site classification and reputation across its business.