McAfee has confirmed its intention to acquire enterprise mobility management and security firm Trust Digital.
Once completed, McAfee claimed that the deal will give it a strong foothold in the mobile security market and extend its endpoint market, addressing a wide range of mobile operating systems including iPhone OS, Android, Web OS, Windows Mobile and Symbian.
The proposed transaction is expected to close by 30th June and will extend McAfee's ePolicy Orchestrator console, data protection and network access control to smartphones through Trust Digital's policy and compliance management.
It will also allow McAfee to address the mobile endpoint market, as it plans to develop and deliver scalable solutions through global partnerships that will enable mobile operators to deliver security and device management to enterprises, consumers and SMBs.
Dave DeWalt, president and chief executive officer of McAfee, said: “The acquisition of Trust Digital's industry-leading enterprise mobility management solutions will extend the current McAfee security portfolio beyond the traditional endpoint, addressing the rapidly expanding mobile security market.
“Once completed, Trust Digital's enterprise mobility management solutions combined with McAfee anti-virus, anti-spyware, host intrusion prevention, policy auditing and firewall technologies will enable McAfee to address the mobile workforce by mitigating the risks associated with vulnerable or malicious mobile applications downloaded by employees. Through this acquisition, we believe McAfee can expand its reach into new markets, secure new platforms and strengthen its leadership position.”
Mark Shull, chief executive officer of Trust Digital, said: “Business users are thrilled by the capabilities of iPhones, smartphones and tablets and are quickly adopting them as their handheld computers, but their IT counterparts must now find tools to effectively secure and manage them.
“The integration of Trust Digital with McAfee will enable enterprises to rapidly deploy new mobility devices such as smartphones across diverse mobile environments cost effectively and with the highest level of security. Together, we will enable IT to say yes to the iPhone and Android.”