Bit9 + Carbon Black is Now Carbon Black

Bit9 + Carbon Black is Now Carbon Black


Next-Gen Endpoint Security leader simplifies its brand and product names;

No changes to product strategy, mission, or commitment to customers and partners

SINGAPORE—2 February 2016—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 Bit9 Security Platform is now Carbon Black® Enterprise Protection
•     The Carbon Black product is now Carbon Black® Enterprise Response
•     The Threat Intelligence Cloud is now Carbon Black® Threat Intel
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.”

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