McAfee announces intention to acquire NitroSecurity

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McAfee has announced its intention to buy security information and event management (SIEM) vendor NitroSecurity.

The definitive agreement would see the Intel-owned security vendor integrate SIEM into its risk and compliance business unit. No financial details were given.

NitroSecurity's SIEM management, which has already passed integration testing with McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator, gives users a single security platform for event analysis and management across the enterprise. The deal will also see the ePolicy Orchestrator platform use the extended SIEM capabilities to more rapidly institute a range of monitoring and mitigation actions, such as issuing new configurations, implementing new policies and deploying more recent software updates.

Subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, it is anticipated that the acquisition will close before the end of 2011.

Stuart McClure, general manager and senior vice-president of the risk and compliance business unit at McAfee, said: “McAfee has taken another significant step towards this goal with the proposed acquisition of NitroSecurity. With NitroSecurity's technology and talent, McAfee can expand its reach into new markets and secure new platforms.”

Ken Levine, chairman and chief executive officer at NitroSecurity, said: “As a long-standing McAfee Security Innovation Alliance partner, we know our technology can provide the McAfee customer base with the highest level of security and compliance across their IT environment.

“NitroSecurity's technology will complement the extensive McAfee security portfolio and help to meet the demanding compliance and protection needs of our joint customers.”

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