Author: Malwarebytes Labs
As we raise a glass to toast Malwarebytes’ 15th anniversary of boldly venturing into the realm of business cybersecurity, we’re feeling nostalgic.
It’s time to buckle up and embark on a whimsical journey through the twists and turns of Malwarebytes’ evolution. From modest beginnings to becoming a titan in business cybersecurity, we’ve got a tale to tell, so take your seats, grab your popcorn, and enjoy the show!
Act I: Humble Beginnings (2008 – 2012)
In the late 2000s, Malwarebytes tiptoed into the business sector with corporate licensing for its consumer anti-malware product. It was a modest start, but hey, every masterpiece starts with a single brushstroke, as they say.
2012 marked a milestone as Malwarebytes introduced Anti-Malware Small Business Edition, a tailored solution with features beyond the Home edition, like XML Logging and Advanced Command Line Parameters & Controls. Now we were cooking with gas!
Act II: Malwarebytes Takes the Stage (September 2012 – 2016)
With the grand entrance of Malwarebytes Enterprise Edition (MEE) in late 2012, our business offerings went from a fresh-faced newcomer to a seasoned performer. MEE delivered centrally deployed, administered, and monitored threat protection and malware remediation to an audience of businesses, governments, and educational institutions.
Our performance received rave reviews, and the likes of The University of Alabama, NextGen Healthcare, and several Fortune 1000 companies lined up for an encore. Malwarebytes CEO Marcin Kleczynski summed it up in 2013, promising more show-stopping acts in the future:
“We have been making great progress since the launch of MEE, and this is just the start. Over the next year we’ll be releasing a new enterprise product, and there will be tremendous opportunities within our growing channel program,” said Kleczynski. “We’re carving out a new space in endpoint security by offering a solution that protects enterprises from zero-day malware incidents that AVs struggle to detect.”
And you best believe that Marcin was true to his word.
Act III: The Plot Thickens (June 2014 – 2016)
In 2014, Malwarebytes launched the Anti-Malware Remediation Tool, a sleek, portable solution for businesses to eliminate malware with minimal fuss. This was swiftly followed by Malwarebytes Endpoint Security, a triple-threat bundle combining Anti-Malware for Business, the Management Console, and Anti-Exploit for Business.
Act IV: The Cloud Age (2017 – 2018)
The year 2017 marked a turning point as Malwarebytes unveiled Nebula 1.0, a cloud-based console that propelled us into the world of cloud security management. Nebula 1.0 featured Malwarebytes Incident Response and Endpoint Protection, showcasing our innovative machine learning approach to Anomaly Detection.
In 2018, we expanded our portfolio with Endpoint Protection for Mac, Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) for Windows endpoints, EDR Ransomware Rollback, and EDR Endpoint Isolation. Our growing repertoire of features ensured that no businesses’ platform was left unprotected.
Act V: OneView to Rule Them All (2019)
2019 saw the introduction of OneView, a multitenant console designed for Managed Service Providers (MSPs). This innovation allowed MSPs to effortlessly manage multiple clients’ cybersecurity needs from one central command center.
With Malwarebytes OneView, MSPs could now deliver the exceptional protection and remediation capabilities their clients demanded, without compromising on efficiency or profitability.
Act VI: Windows Servers and Beyond (2020 – 2021)
We didn’t rest on our laurels in 2020, enhancing our EDR offerings with support for Windows Servers and the addition of Flight Recorder Search for advanced visibility and search capabilities.
In 2021, Malwarebytes extended its protective umbrella to include EDR for Mac and Cloud Sandbox, followed by Threat Hunting Alerts and Brute Force Protection, ensuring cyber threats were kept at bay.
Act VII: A Smorgasbord of Enhancements (2022)
In 2022, Malwarebytes broadened its horizons, embracing an Active Response Shell for EDR and EDR for Linux-based systems. We also introduced Device Control, Vulnerability Assessment, and Patch Management Modules to empower administrators in their ongoing battle against exploits and other cyber threats.
But wait, there’s more! Malwarebytes added a DNS/Web Content Filtering Module and a Cloud Storage Scanning Module to the mix, rounding off a delectable buffet of cybersecurity enhancements. Oh, and did we mention our venture into Managed Detection and Response (MDR) services? We just can’t help ourselves!
Act VIII: The Mobile Frontier (2023 and beyond)
As we set our sights on the future, 2023 marked our foray into Mobile Protection for iOS, Android, and Chromebook platforms. The introduction of an Application Block Module gave administrators even greater control over app installations on devices.
As we continue to innovate and expand our offerings, we’re committed to rolling out products that enable resource-constrained IT professionals to save valuable time and resources while being protected from the latest threats. Upcoming offerings include enabling centralized administration on-the-go, extending award-winning protection to more threat vectors, and providing continuous monitoring and guidance so that IT people can easily secure their environments while focusing on other critical tasks.
From a humble anti-malware solution in 2008 to the leading provider of business cybersecurity in 2023, Malwarebytes’ story is one of tenacity, innovation, and the occasional dad joke. As we celebrate our 15th anniversary, we look back with pride and look forward with anticipation, knowing that the best is yet to come.