UK domain name registry acquires CyGlass

Nominet UK, the official registry for “.uk” domain names, has acquired cybersecurity company CyGlass and launched a new £4m initiative to boost online security.

CyGlass is a network defence as a service solution which can identify, detect and respond to threats in a network without the need of additional hardware, software or people. The solution, which is cloud-based, analyses billions of conversations on a client’s network and can learn what is normal behaviour and what is suspicious.

The company complies with data privacy laws by not accessing any personally identifiable information (PII) to detect threats. CyGlass is used across the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

Nominet CEO Russell Haworth said, “CyGlass has great technology, an impressive team and big potential. The acquisition of CyGlass allows us to build on the progress we’ve made building a network detection and response capability that is used by governments and critical national infrastructure clients worldwide.

“CyGlass technology complements Nominet’s cyber portfolio and has an important part to play bringing better security within the grasp of SMEs.”

Alongside the acquisition, Nominet UK has launched a £4m registry programme which will help build the next generation of security technology and bolster its customer-facing systems. The programme will include using artificial intelligence (AI) to lower phishing in the “.uk” namespace.

Nominet managing director Eleanor Bradley said, “We want to be the best registry in the world, and that means investing in the evolution of our core systems. We’ve scoped out the priorities as we see them, with security and online services being at the top of our list, but we don’t want to proceed in isolation.  We will be involving the users of our systems to fine tune our plans.”

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