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Tuesday, 05 April 2011 08:35

EMC buys NetWitness to boost RSA's security offerings


EMC has acquired NetWitness Corporation a privately-held US based provider of network security analysis technologies that "provide precise and pervasive network visibility, enabling security teams to detect and remediate advanced threats while automating the incident investigation process," according to EMC.

NetWitness will operate as a part of RSA, The security division of EMC and "will become a core element of RSA's advanced security management solutions, providing real-time visibility into network activity and adding efficiency to incident investigations and workflow."

EMC says that, by combining the NetWitness network monitoring and analysis technology with RSA's enVision platform, RSA Data Loss Prevention Suite (DLP) and RSA CyberCrime Intelligence service, security teams will be able to "achieve deep insight into the security posture of their organisations. The precise intelligence and visibility that NetWitness provides, coupled with the RSA Archer eGRC platform, enables organisations to apply business context to security information for better identification and prioritisation of security risks while improving and streamlining the incident management process."

Commenting on the deal, research firm The 451 Group said: "It is EMC's first significant security acquisition since buying RSA Security in mid-2006. We would estimate that the price of NetWitness tops EMC's spending, collectively, on the four bolt-on acquisitions it has made to RSA since the $US2.1b deal.

"According to our understanding, NetWitness more than doubled revenue to about $US45m in 2010. Given the growth rate and premium customer list NetWitness had assembled, we have no trouble believing market speculation that EMC paid $US450m-$US500m for NetWitness.

"A double-digit multiple isn't out of whack for a fast-growing startup that has strategic value to EMC. We understand, for instance, that last summer EMC paid just shy of $US400m for Greenplum, a data-warehousing startup that was clipping along at just under $US30m in sales."

According to EMC "NetWitness offers a revolutionary network security monitoring and analysis platform that provides organisations with a complete and actionable understanding of activity happening on their enterprise networks."

It claims that "Leading organisations worldwide have deployed NetWitness solutions to solve a wide range of the most challenging information security problems including: insider threats, zero-day exploits and targeted malware, advanced persistent threats, fraud, espionage, data leakage, and continuous monitoring of critical security controls'¦

NetWitness customers include enterprises across the Global 1000 in sectors such as financial services, power and energy, telecommunications, retail, and high-tech, as well as government agencies around the world in defence, homeland security, law enforcement, and intelligence.

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