In the latest sign of the burgeoning security automation market, threat intelligence giant FireEye announced it has purchased Respond Software, a Mountain View, California startup that sells machine learning and automated, cloud-based investigation, detection and response services.  

Respond Software’s Extended Detection and Response (XDR) software will augment Mandiant Advantage, FireEye’s own subscription-based, SaaS security automation platform. In a Nov. 19 blog, Phil Montgomery, senior vice president for solution and product marketing at FireEye, said acquisition was designed to address the widespread shortage of human security personnel required to monitor and respond to the vast number of cybersecurity alerts their companies are receiving every day.

“Today, the security skills gap is most pronounced on the front lines — especially the monitoring and triage of security-related events and alerts. Security analysts are asked to review a mountain of alerts and data from a diverse variety of security controls — from a host of different vendors — all day, every day,” wrote Montgomery. “To address this, most security programs are forced to add more security analysts to perform the real-time monitoring of largely siloed alerts, and make judgment calls on whether to act. Alert monitoring is limited, error-prone, costly, and ultimately untenable as humans can’t scale to the increasing volume of attacks.”

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