Trustwave acquires Vericept in a move to expand its footprint in data loss prevention and data security. Trustwave's purchase is in line with a string of buys in the DLP space over the past two years by companies ranging from McAfee to Symantec to Trend Micro.
Security vendor Trustwave
is buying its way into the data loss prevention space with the acquisition of
The financial details of
the deal are under wraps. However, officials
say the buy combines Vericept's data loss prevention (DLP) technology with Trustwave's
portfolio of managed security and compliance services.
developed a leading
technology for scanning and
detecting sensitive information and mitigating risk based on policy
requirements," said Dave Parkinson, former
of Vericept, who will become
Trustwave's general manager of security services, in a statement. "Our
solutions ensure that a business'
sensitive data or competitive intelligence is not lost or leaked, compliance is
enforced and brand equity is protected."
been awhile since there was an acquisition in the
in 2007 and 2008,
security companies from Symantec to Trend Micro to Sophos
vendors. Though somewhat late to
acquisition game, the buy will add
a new type of expertise to Trustwave, opined Paul Roberts, an analyst with The
"The 451 Group believes
concerns about data security and leak prevention are central to both regulatory
compliance and network security," he said in a statement. "Trustwave's
acquisition of Vericept will allow it to marry Vericept's expertise in
inspecting data flows to and from the endpoint and on the network with
Trustwave's broad portfolio of managed security products and compliance
At the core of Vericept's
product is its patented Content
Analysis Engine, which analyzes content against policy and helps detect and
classify structured and unstructured content. This technology also extends to
data-in-motion to address Web 2.0 threats by identifying the use of
applications such as blogs, social networking sites and Webmail to accurately
identify and control sensitive data, officials said.
"We're very excited to
offer our customers a leading
solution that can manage sensitive
data, scale to meet expanding business requirements and maintain high
performance as business continues in real time," said Robert J. McCullen,
in a statement. "Vericept's
technology complements our current
portfolio of security solutions offered to our global customer base."