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McAfee Buys Sentrigo To Boost Database Security
McAfee Buys Sentrigo To Boost Database Security

By Jennifer LeClaire
March 24, 2011 2:04PM

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With database protection a growing concern, McAfee will buy partner Sentrigo to beef up its security offerings. Intel-owned McAfee is moving toward providing security at the chipset level and Sentrigo may be part of a solution. Meantime, McAfee has introduced a database solution to protect data as it moves through networks and servers.
 


To beef up its database security portfolio, McAfee is snapping up a privately owned company known for security, compliance, assessment, monitoring and intrusion-prevention solutions. McAfee plans to acquire Sentrigo for an undisclosed amount.

McAfee is no stranger to Sentrigo's capabilities. The Intel-owned McAfee has partnered with Sentrigo through its Security Innovation Alliance program. In 2010, McAfee entered an OEM relationship with Sentrigo to offer McAfee Vulnerability Manager for Databases, McAfee Database Activity Monitoring, and McAfee Integrity Monitoring for Databases.

Apparently, the alliance worked out so well that McAfee decided to bring Sentrigo's portfolio in-house. The acquisition will beef up McAfee's solutions for vulnerability management of databases, protection of databases, and activity monitoring of databases.

Plans for Sentrigo

"With all the business-intelligence and business-analytics products hitting the market, securing those critical database assets will be an important part of the solution set," said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.

As King sees it, this could translate into a healthy business. Intel has become a bigger player in areas outside its server niches, he added, and providing chips for networking switches is a sizable business for the company.

"McAfee didn't say anything related to Sentrigo, but in the past the company has stated quite clearly that it intends to embed security features at the chipset level," King said. "So it isn't hard to imagine them doing something like that for networking vendors and OEMs in that space."

New DB Security Solution

McAfee on Wednesday also announced a database security solution that works to protect business-critical databases without impacting performance and availability. The goal is to protect data assets from network to server to the database itself.

In a recent market-outlook survey by Evalueserve, databases were cited as the most challenging part of the IT infrastructure to protect, which explains why for many customers the level of database protection doesn't match the criticality of the data. Research shows that more than 92 percent of records breached involved a database, with more than 87 percent based on exploits requiring significant technical skills.

"Users are increasingly anxious about the security of their data and are looking for database security solutions that provide uniform coordination with policy management," said Carl Olofson, research vice president of database-management and data-integration software research at IDC. "Having the ability to protect data at rest, in motion, and in use through access control, encryption and auditing is a key area of importance. The ability to track vulnerability issues is a key differentiator which businesses are looking for when choosing database security solutions."

Following the closing of the proposed acquisition, the Sentrigo team will report to the McAfee Risk and Compliance business unit, headed by Stuart McClure, senior vice president and general manager. The acquisition is expected to close in April.
 

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