Why Zscaler Is Buying Avalor

Cloud security leader Zscaler announced an acquisition that extends the Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange data from over 400 billion daily Zscaler transactions with Avalor’s Data Fabric for Security with over 150 pre-built integrations, enabling customers to identify and predict critical vulnerabilities and improve operational efficiencies. By acquiring Avalor, Zscaler can transform the AI capabilities for the cybersecurity industry to enable organizations to mitigate risks and optimize performance while enhancing zero-touch operations.

Rapid advances in AI have enabled effective combat of cyber threats; organizations must fully utilize their currently isolated security data at a massive scale. Zscaler’s massive cloud security platform has enabled it to utilize a massive data set to develop its pioneering AI-driven solutions, including Zscaler Risk360 and Zscaler Business Insights.

Avalor’s Data Fabric for Security ingests and normalizes data across enterprise security and business systems to deliver actionable insights, analytics, and operational efficiencies. By scaling Zscaler’s Zero Trust Exchange platform with a security-centric data fabric, Zscaler empowers enterprises to significantly enhance and automate AI-driven analytics and decision-making in real time without the complexity of data aggregation and collection. The customers now have dynamic and customizable prioritization, streamlined reporting, zero-copy analytics, real-time incident mitigation, advanced threat detection, auto data discovery, classification, and policy generation within the Zscaler cloud security platform.

The purchase price was paid mostly in cash, with a portion delivered as equity subject to vesting conditions. The acquisition closed on March 13, 2024.  

KEY QUOTES:

“AI is only as good as the underlying data, and many solutions lack the additional context and knowledge from data sources across the enterprise to truly leverage security specific AI models. Zscaler operates the world’s largest security cloud with the most relevant data to train security specific large language models (LLMs) and with the Avalor acquisition, we can more effectively identify vulnerabilities, while predicting and preventing breaches.”

  • Jay Chaudhry, CEO, Chairman, and Founder of Zscaler

“We have long understood that being able to make sense of all the disparate security data sources in an organization is essential to understanding and improving risk posture, that’s why we delivered the industry’s first Data Fabric for Security to provide that aggregated platform. The first application running on our Data Fabric is our Unified Vulnerability Management (UVM) module.  By combining the Zscaler proprietary data sets with the 150 third-party sources Avalor supports, we will be in a prime position to enhance our UVM capabilities and create new applications with additional cyber protection insights.”

  • Raanan Raz, co-founder and CEO, Avalor

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