Why Crowdstrike (CRWD) Is Buying Preempt Security For About $96 Million

By Amit Chowdhry ● September 28, 2020
  • Crowdstrike Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: CRWD) — a leader in cloud-delivered endpoint and cloud workload protection — announced it has agreed to acquire Preempt Security. These are the details.

Crowdstrike Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: CRWD) — a leader in cloud-delivered endpoint and cloud workload protection — announced it has agreed to acquire Preempt Security. Preempt Security is a leading provider of Zero Trust and conditional access technology for real-time access control and threat prevention.

As part of the deal, CrowdStrike will pay about $96 million to acquire Preempt Security, subject to adjustments. And the acquisition is expected to close during CrowdStrike’s fiscal third quarter, subject to customary closing conditions.

And under the terms of the agreement, CrowdStrike expects to pay approximately $86 million in cash (excluding expenses and other adjustments) and $10 million in stock and options subject to vesting conditions. The proposed acquisition is expected to close in CrowdStrike’s fiscal third quarter 2021, subject to customary closing conditions. However, CrowdStrike is not updating its guidance for the third quarter and fiscal year 2021 that was provided on September 2, 2020 as a result of this transaction.

Ajit Sancheti and Roman Blachman launched Preempt in 2014 to deliver a modern approach to authentication and securing identity. Preempt delivers the market’s first Zero Trust and Conditional Access solution for continuously detecting and preempting threats based on identity, behavior, and risk. And Preempt’s patented technology empowers enterprises to optimize identity hygiene and stop attackers and insider threats in real-time before they can impact business.

Customers have been actively looking for effective technologies that enhances their abilities in detecting advanced adversaries that utilize identity-based attacks to move laterally across the network, including insider threats. And together, CrowdStrike and Preempt will provide a modern Zero Trust security architecture and threat protection to keep organizations’ users, endpoints, and data safe from modern attacks without compromising productivity or the user experience. Combining workload security with identity protection is essential for establishing true Zero Trust environments.

And with this acquisition, CrowdStrike plans to offer customers enhanced Zero Trust security capabilities and strengthen the CrowdStrike Falcon platform with conditional access technology. The addition of Preempt’s technology to the CrowdStrike Falcon platform will allow customers achieve end-to-end visibility and enforcement on identity data.

KEY QUOTES:

“Hybrid work environments will become the norm for many organizations which means that Zero Trust security with an identity-centric approach and detecting threats in real-time are critical for business continuity. With the addition of Preempt Security’s capabilities, the CrowdStrike Falcon platform will provide enhanced protection against identity-based attacks and insider threats. Combining Preempt’s technology with the CrowdStrike Falcon platform will help customers achieve end-to-end visibility and enforcement through identity, behavior and risk-based decisions to stop attacks in real time.”

— George Kurtz, co-founder and chief executive officer of CrowdStrike

“We are thrilled about joining CrowdStrike, the industry leader in stopping breaches that shaped modern endpoint security and pioneered the Security Cloud. Combining Preempt’s identity security expertise with CrowdStrike’s incredible scale and threat telemetry, we will be able to offer customers complete protection for hybrid workloads and remote workforces wherever they are.”

— Ajit Sancheti, Preempt’s co-founder and chief executive officer