CyActive, Israeli Startup Fighting Malware Attacks, Gets Investment From Siemens VC

Call it digital vaccination: CyActive assesses variations of existing malware, detects possible future attacks.

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Israeli high-tech workers. Rare is the Ethiopian-Israeli among them.
Israeli high-tech workers. Rare is the Ethiopian-Israeli among them.Credit: Alon Ron

Call it digital vaccination.

Israeli startup CyActive takes existing malware, assesses every possible variation that could be created, and heads off future attacks based on those derivative viruses.

And the venture-capital arm of Siemens, the German industrial giant, just injected cash into CyActive as the startup's first outside investor, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The amount wasn't disclosed.

Most advanced malware threats incorporate one or more existing program, Chief Marketing Officer Danny Lev told the paper.

Once CyActive's algorithms have assessed every possible variation of a piece of malware, the company's software detects and quarantines derivative attacks, the paper reported.

Siemens earlier this year earmarked $100 million for a fund devoted to investments in early-stage startups, the Journal reported.

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