UK antivirus firm BullGuard buys Israeli IoT security startup, Dojo-Labs

UK antivirus maker BullGuard is acquiring Israeli startup Dojo-Labsto expand its portfolio of security products to theInternet of Things. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

We covered Dojo-Labs last November, when it launched out of stealth unwrapping a pebble-shaped consumer focused Internet of Things security device, called Dojo, designed to monitor network traffic and flag and block anomalous behavior by connected devices on thehome network.

At the time the startup was aiming to ship its security gizmo in March 2016, and was taking pre-orders. Eight months on the shipping schedule hasslipped a very common story for hardware startups. But the team will now be drawing on the resources of a larger parent to get their gizmo to market by the end of the year.

Our immediate focus is to get the Dojo product into market as soon as possible, a spokeswoman for BullGuard told TechCrunch.

Dojo were focused on improving the user experience and product functionality based on users feedback.Timeframe [for shipping the product] is by end of the year, she added.

The spokeswomanconfirmed Dojos founders are staying on post acquisition but added that the branding strategy isnt fully formed as yet.

Dojos pebble shaped IoT gizmo and mobile messaging app UIhas a rather more approachable and consumer friendlytone vs the traditional ships-in-a-rectangular-box antivirus wares that BullGuard sells, so it remains to be seen how the two toneswill mesh.

We are working on our brand strategy and positioning, she said. We are uniting two companies with a common vision for protecting consumers and their data and devices. This means customers will receive the highest level of protection across all of their Internet-connected devices. Most likely, we will have one brand BullGuard.

Last month Czech antivirus maker AVG was acquired by fellow Czech security firm Avast in part withan eye on expanding its portfolio to offer security products for theInternet of Things.

Expect to see more security firms cuttingdeals to help them attack thesecuritynightmarecreatedby the proliferationof in-homeconnected devices, even as computing continues to shiftaway from the desktop where original antivirus empires were forged.