McAfee Buys SIEM Specialist NitroSecurity

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McAfee is buying security information and event management specialist NitroSecurity to bolster its capabilities in managing security vulnerabilities and event response. It will also bolster its competitive position against potential rival Hewlett-Packard.

McAfee is diving deeper into security management and analytics through the acquisition of long-time technology partner NitroSecurity, a security information and event management specialist.

NitroSecurity is a leader in the SIEM market, recognized as having good technology as well as a solid piece of the $900 million marketplace. McAfee plans to integrate NitroSecurity's technology with its ePolicy Orchestrator management platform to extend the security management capabilities of its products and value to customers.

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"McAfee is focused on keeping its customers safe with optimized security and risk management solutions," said Stuart McClure, McAfee’s general manager and senior vice president of its Risk and Compliance business unit. "McAfee has taken another significant step toward this goal with the proposed acquisition of NitroSecurity. With NitroSecurity's technology and talent, McAfee can expand its reach into new markets, secure new platforms and strengthen its hold as the leader in the security risk management market."

The acquisition of NitroSecurity isn’t a first for McAfee. In 2006, McAfee bought Preventsys, which was positioned as an aggregator of security information and intelligence from disparate security solutions, including other SIEM solutions. McAfee has worked with NitroSecurity for years, and NitroSecurity achieved "Partner Status" in the McAfee Security Innovation Alliance partner program last April. And McAfee also integrates and partners with other SIEM vendors, including HP Arcsight and Q1 Labs.

Through this acquisition, McAfee strengthens its position against competitors such as HP and Cisco Systems, which have substantial offerings in the SIEM marketplace. The current competitive threat in the SIEM market is Hewlett-Packard, which is leveraging its ArcSight assets as the foundation for its development of a true security practice. HP has been making steady progress in building out its security offerings, channel and market share.

Interestingly, HP is also one of McAfee’s strongest alliance partners. HP’s professional services division works closely with McAfee on enterprise deployments.

The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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Lawrence M. Walsh is CEO and president of The 2112 Group, a technology business advisory service that specializes in optimizing indirect channels and partner relationships. He’s also the executive director of the Channel Vanguard Council. He is the former publisher of Channel Insider and editor of VARBusiness Magazine. You can reach him at lmwalsh@the2112group.com.

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