McAfee buys compliance vendor Onigma

McAfee buys compliance vendor Onigma

McAfee has acquired Onigma, an Israeli vendor of data-leak prevention software.

The $US20 million acquisition was concluded last week, McAfee senior director of marketing, Vimal Solanki, said.

Onigma's FlowControl software prevents unauthorised data from being transmitted over the network by email or malicious software and can prevent it from being copied to devices attached to the PC, such as USB drives or printers.

McAfee plans to ship its own version of FlowControl, called the McAfee Data Loss Prevention Solution, in the first quarter of 2007. It aims to integrate the software into its ePolicy Orchestrator (EPO) architecture by mid-year, Solanki said. A beta version of the product will be available by the end of this year.

"In the last 18 months, there have been over 200 high-profile information breaches," Solanki said, but "there really isn't a solution that a large enterprise would feel comfortable deploying."

As Microsoft's entry into the antivirus market has threatened its consumer sales, McAfee has snapped up companies that sell software to help corporations be sure they are in compliance with regulatory and security policies.

In June it purchased Preventsys, a vendor of risk management and compliance reporting software. And by early December McAfee expects to close its $US60 million acquisition of Citadel Software. Citadel sells software that guides users through the steps they need to take to meet regulatory and corporate IT policy requirements.

Like FlowControl, the Preventsys and Citadel products are being integrated into the EPO architecture. A new version of the Preventsys software to be released this week will be able to access the EPO database for information that had previously been unavailable to it.

The Citadel software is expected to be integrated with EPO some time in the first quarter of 2007.

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