EMC acquires NetWitness

EMC has acquired NetWitness, a privately-held provider of network security analysis solutions. NetWitness’ technologies provide network visibility, enabling security teams to detect and remediate threats while automating the incident investigation process.

EMC’s acquisition of NetWitness closed on April 1, 2011, and NetWitness will now operate as a part of RSA, The Security Division of EMC. The transaction is not expected to have a material impact to revenue or EPS for the full 2011 fiscal year.

NetWitness offers a network security monitoring and analysis platform that provides organizations with an understanding of activity happening on their enterprise networks. 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 defense, homeland security, law enforcement, and intelligence.

“The intensity and sophistication of advanced adversaries and zero day malware challenge every organization to rethink traditional approaches to network security,” said Tom Heiser, President, RSA, The Security Division of EMC. “NetWitness has redefined the security landscape, providing a powerful solution for organizations seeking to gain immediate insight, precise clarity, and timely closure in the face of the toughest cyber threats. NetWitness’ unique network security analysis capabilities extend RSA’s solutions for managing security risk and compliance across both physical and virtual environments.”

NetWitness will become a core element of RSA’s Advanced Security Management Solutions, providing visibility into network activity and adding efficiency to incident investigations and workflow.

By combining the NetWitness network monitoring and analysis technology with RSA’s enVision platform, RSA DLP and RSA CyberCrime Intelligence service, security teams can achieve deep insight into the security posture of their organizations. The precise intelligence and visibility that NetWitness provides, coupled with the RSA Archer eGRC platform, enables organizations to apply business context to security information for identification and prioritization of security risks while improving and streamlining the incident management process.

“EMC and NetWitness share a complementary vision for the future of security management, work with the same types of industry-leading customers, and have a respect for each other’s cultures of innovation and growth,” said Amit Yoran, CEO of NetWitness. “Joining RSA is a strategic move that will deliver significant benefit for NetWitness customers, partners and employees. EMC has a tremendous record of bringing together smart people and hot technologies and continuing to invest in them to further accelerate growth and achieve their full market potential. Together, we have an opportunity to further strengthen our leadership position in network security analysis by creating new, integrated products and capabilities to solve our customers’ most complex security challenges.”

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