McAfee said today that it would acquire Sentrigo, which builds database access and monitoring software, a move that allows McAfee to extend its branded security veil to the enterprise database.
The companies already offer database products together, under an OEM agreement that allows Sentrigo to offer McAfee Vulnerability Manager for Databases, McAfee Database Activity Monitoring and McAfee Integrity Monitoring for Databases. The acquisition allows McAfee to lock up the relationship and should give it the flexibility to expand deeper into database security. Following the acquisition, McAfee will be able to integrate Sentrigo's database security technology into its ePolicy Orchestrator software, allowing for complete management from a single platform, said Bill Brenner of CSO.com.
McAfee has traditionally focused on securing endpoints, networks, email and web access, but the company, which was acquired by Intel last year (the deal won final approval in January), recognizes the shift of data and threats to central points of storage and access. From the McAfee statement:
"Every organization stores their most sensitive information in databases, either directly or through their key business applications," stated Nathan Shuchami, CEO of Sentrigo. "The regular stream of public breach announcements is evidence that we must all do much more to protect mission-critical database environments, and Sentrigo has been working for more than four years to develop a suite of products to best secure these assets. As part of McAfee, Sentrigo will be in a position to deliver these best-of-breed solutions to address a much broader range of customer's database security and compliance challenges."
The deal is expected to close in April, McAfee officials executives.
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