Edge security and content delivery giant Akamai Technologies announced plans to acquire GuardiCore. Akamai said the deal would add new capabilities to help customers thwart ransomware attacks by blocking the spread of malware within an already-compromised enterprise.

Guardicore, based in Tel Aviv, Israel, sells technology that stops malicious lateral movement by creating silos between servers, operating systems, applications and cloud instances.

The micro-segmentation technology is considered a meaningful part of the Zero Trust security approach and Akamai expects to feature the new capabilities alongside its WAF and Secure Web Gateway product lines. This protection extends beyond the data center to the cloud, including bare metal, virtual machines and containers.