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Armis acquires CTCI, forms AI-powered cybersecurity powerhouse
Thu, 15th Feb 2024

Armis, the asset intelligence cybersecurity firm, has acquired AI threat intelligence company CTCI (Cyber Threat Cognitive Intelligence), a leader in advanced warning intelligence and covert operations. CTCI, known for working with national security agencies and large infrastructure institutions to prevent cyber attacks, possesses the largest network of dark web intelligence gathering worldwide.

CTCI's capability for predicting attacks before they occur has already proven critical, alerting organisations and governments to over 1,000 attacks in the past year, with 350 of those identified even before the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) was aware. The firm's expansive surveillance includes observing cyber criminals worldwide across numerous state-sponsored attack paths.

Through the acquisition, Armis plans to expand upon CTCI's technology and pair it with Armis Centrix to create a new Global Threat Intelligence Service. This move strengthens Armis's offerings in the cyber intelligence space and signifies the development of an AI multi-generation cybersecurity company. Armis anticipates the merger with CTCI, including all its technology and employees, will be completed within 30 days.

CTCI's technology boasts robust AI roots, prowess in threat intelligence and national security, and an expansive, global network of honeypots designed to supply an early warning system for the prediction of attacks and exploits. "Security solutions, until now, have been reactive and only swing into action once an attack is launched. With this extended capability for predictive analysis and AI, Armis Centrix threat hunting capabilities will be a game changer," acknowledged Nadir Izrael, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Armis.

Founded by Chief Executive Officer Andrew Grealy and Chief Technology Officer Michael Freeman in 2020, CTCI has supported security operations teams around the world in their efforts to become more proactive in preventing breaches, identifying attacks, and verifying if an organisation has been compromised. "We are thrilled to be joining Armis and expand the threat intelligence they can offer to organisations as they manage ever-increasing risks and cyber attacks," said Grealy. "CTCI has forewarned CISA in over 350 new attack vectors on average 3-6 months earlier than anyone else."

CTCI's technology will be incorporated into the Armis Centrix platform, sparking a revolutionary method for identifying and neutralising threats prior to their launch. Combined with AI and machine learning that traverse the dark web, Armis Centrix for Actionable Threat Intelligence will offer advanced visualisation and alerts, enabling organisations with actionable intelligence before a vulnerability is announced, before an attack is launched, and before any potential impact.

Armis Centrix for Actionable Threat Intelligence will notably provide 'attacker focused insights', filling a current gap in intelligence feeds. Other capabilities include proactive response, allowing organisations the time to bolster their environment ahead of potential attacks, and a redefined approach to threat hunting identifying yet undetected CVE gaps and vulnerabilities.