F-Secure Buys ‘Little Flocker'
April 6, 2017
security company F-Secure has acquired Little Flocker, an
advanced security technology available for Macs, from a private
app developer. Most Mac security solutions rely entirely on a
traditional signature-based approach against malware, but cannot
protect Mac users from modern targeted attacks. Little Flocker
protects Macs by using advanced behavioral based analysis, and
monitors apps that attempt to access confidential files and
system resources. It also detects and blocks Mac ransomware.
F-Secure will build Little Flocker's next-generation security
engine into its new XFENCE technology. XFENCE will complement F-Secure's
existing endpoint solutions to provide advanced behavioral Mac
protection for both corporate and consumer customers.
The myth of Macs not requiring protection against ransomware,
backdoors and other software vulnerabilities is fading away.
Advanced persistent threat actors are increasingly focusing on
Macs due to Apple's popularity among senior-level employees and
other high-value targets. By acquiring Little Flocker's core
technology and implementing it into F-Secure's endpoint
protection portfolio as XFENCE, F-Secure will further enhance
its products' existing cyber security capabilities for the
sophisticated detection of zero-day attacks, regardless of the
platform customers choose.
have become an appealing entry point for attackers seeking to
penetrate organizations. With Little Flocker's technology, we
will enhance the behavioral blocking capabilities in our Mac
endpoint protection to stop modern adversaries cold", said Mika
Ståhlberg, Chief Technology Officer at F-Secure.
F-Secure plans to enrich Little Flocker's core technology with
its security cloud, and implement it into Protection Service for
Business, a security solution with centrally managed computer,
mobile and server security with integrated patch management and
mobile device management. The technology will later be available
to consumer customers as part of F-Secure SAFE – a multi-device