Investment expands brain trust of bot defense engineering talent, adds verified human dataset, and further positions Distil as the market leader in bad bot defense
Distil Networks, the global leader in bot detection and mitigation, today announced the acquisition of Are You A Human, experts in analyzing and understanding how real humans interact with the internet. Are You A Human’s real time human detection technology and biometric interaction dataset will be integrated into the Distil Bot Defense Platform, adding biometric and longitudinal data from millions of new sites and users.
Are You A Human is a Detroit-based company with investors including Detroit Venture Partners. It uses a patented technology to analyze real-time interaction data, such as mouse movements and scroll patterns, combined with longitudinal data and fingerprinting metrics, to determine whether a visitor to a website is a human or a bad bot.
Understanding how real humans move and browse across different sites has allowed Are You A Human to help more than a million websites validate their traffic. As part of this acquisition, Distil will open a new office in Detroit and plans for additional hiring in the region.
In addition, Distil also announced the release of a new free product called Distil Bot Discovery for Google Analytics, which leverages Are You A Human technology.
Purpose Behind Acquiring Are You A Human
Rami Essaid, CEO and co-founder of Distil Networks suggests the mission behind conceiving a bot detection and bad bot risk mitigation company. Essaid says, “We sought to establish the most comprehensive solution on the market to detect and mitigate threats associated with bots, and we continue to do just that.”
Currently, Distil Networks is the only proactive and precise way to mitigate bad bots across web applications, mobile and APIs. With Distil, you automatically mitigate 100% of OWASP Automated Threats without impacting legitimate users. It makes online applications more secure with API security, real-time threat intelligence, an analyst managed service, and complete visibility and control over human, good bot, and bad bot traffic. By adding Are You A Human, Distil intends to leverage real human behaviors to mitigate online bad bot risks.
Essaid explains, “Through this acquisition of Are You A Human, we are bringing on a team of experienced software engineers and data scientists who have dedicated the past seven years to understanding the bot problem plaguing online businesses. Combine this with our purchase of ScrapeSentry in 2016, and Distil has become a brain-trust of individuals with the most advanced knowledge on bots, giving us the ability to combat them more effectively than any other company in the market today.”
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Distil Bot Defense for Web and APIs
Distil Bot Defense for Web defends websites against web scraping, competitive data mining, account takeovers, transaction fraud, unauthorized vulnerability scans, spam, digital ad fraud, and denial of service. Distil Bot Defense for APIs protects public and partner-facing APIs against developer errors, integration bugs, automated scraping, and the web and mobile hijacking.
“Whether scraping data, causing downtime or committing fraud, malicious bots are a problem that many web properties don’t even know they have,” said Reid Tatoris, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Are You A Human.
Tatoris adds, “We chose to join the Distil Networks team as they share the same mission of making the internet a safer place, and together, we have the ability to provide the most advanced bot detection and mitigation solutions on the market today.”
Distil offers the only accurate way to defend websites and APIs against malicious/bad bots — without impacting legitimate users. By building a fingerprint of each incoming connection, Distil allows customers to precisely detect bots in real time and then provides numerous options to mitigate the attack.