Bit9 + Carbon Black is Now Carbon Black

WALTHAM, Mass., Feb. 1, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bit9® + Carbon Black®, the leader in Next-Generation Endpoint Security (NGES), announced that effective today the company name is now Carbon Black®.

While the name has changed, there are no changes to the company’s strategy, product portfolio, technology direction and investments, or—most importantly—Carbon Black’s commitment to bringing its 2,000 worldwide customers and hundreds of partners the industry’s leading next-generation endpoint security products and services.

“Two years ago when Bit9 merged with Carbon Black, we combined our names to send a message to the market,” said Patrick Morley, Carbon Black CEO. “We wanted to emphasize that Bit9, well known for its superior endpoint threat prevention, was joining with an emerging leader in endpoint threat detection and response. The combined name was always meant to be temporary until we achieved leadership in Next-Generation Endpoint Security. Having reached that goal—IDC reported recently that the company has 37 percent market share, nearly three times that of the nearest competitor—it’s time to simplify our brand.”

The company hired a leading market research firm to measure how buyers ranked 40 different attributes for the company’s brands and those of nine leading companies in the endpoint security market. Carbon Black ranked number one in more of the top-20 attributes than any other brand.

“The research proved that Carbon Black has tremendous brand equity and resonance in the market, and that’s why it’s the right choice for our company’s future,” said Morley.

The company also is changing the names of its products to reflect the Carbon Black brand:

The company’s sales and marketing materials now reflect the new product names. The changes will be fully integrated into the products at their respective next major updates in 2016.

“Other than the new names, there are no changes to the technology, the release schedule, the strategic plan, or anything else related to our products,” Morley said. “And I want to emphasize that while we are no longer using the Bit9 name, we absolutely will continue to invest in and evolve the industry’s most widely-deployed application control and whitelisting solution. The Bit9 Security Platform is the core endpoint protection solution for some of the world’s largest brands, and our commitment to it—now Carbon Black Enterprise Protection—remains as strong and unwavering as ever.”

Industry Analyst Perspectives

Jon Oltsik, senior principal analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group: “The Carbon Black name has a great deal brand equity with serious security professionals. Simplifying the company brand and creating clear, descriptive product names is the right move at the right time for Carbon Black.”

David Monahan, research director, security and risk management, Enterprise Management Associates: “The Carbon Black name has become well known in the endpoint security market since the merger with Bit9. Simplifying the company’s brand is smart strategic move. Equally important is the fact the company is not changing its industry-leading products, strategy or focus on customers and partners.”

About Carbon Black

Carbon Black leads a new era of endpoint security by enabling organizations to disrupt advanced attacks, deploy the best prevention strategies for their business, and leverage the expertise of 10,000 professionals from IR firms, MSSPs and enterprises to shift the balance of power back to security teams. Only Carbon Black continuously records and centrally retains all endpoint activity, making it easy to track an attacker’s every action, instantly scope every incident, unravel entire attacks and determine root causes. Carbon Black also offers a range of prevention options so organizations can match their endpoint defense to their business needs. Carbon Black has been named #1 in endpoint protection, incident response, and market share. Forward-thinking companies choose Carbon Black to arm their endpoints, enabling security teams to: Disrupt. Defend. Unite.

Bit9 and Carbon Black are registered trademarks of Carbon Black, Inc. All other company or product names may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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