After a year filled with news of government spying and massive cyberattacks, Facebook is stepping up its defenses.
The social network announced Thursday that it was acquiring cybersecurity start-up PrivateCore, which builds software to protect server data.
The Palo Alto, Calif., based company was founded in 2012 by security experts formerly of Google ( and )VMware (. Joe Sullivan, Facebook's chief security officer, said PrivateCore's technology "protects servers from persistent malware, unauthorized physical access, and malicious hardware devices." )
"PrivateCore's technology and expertise will help support Facebook's (Tech30) mission to help make the world more open and connected, in a secure and trusted way," Sullivan , wrote on his Facebook page.
PrivateCore CEO Oded Horovitz said the deal will give the companies "a huge opportunity to pursue our joint vision at scale with incredible impact."