McAfee acquires NitroSecurity to integrate security and information management

On November 30, 2011, McAfee completed its acquisition of privately owned NitroSecurity, a leading provider of security information and event management (SIEM) solutions that provide complete visibility and situational awareness to protect critical information and infrastructure. NitroSecurity’s solutions use a patented database engine to identify, correlate, and remediate threats faster than any other technology on the market. The acquisition enables McAfee to provide organizations with greater visibility into endpoint assets, network infrastructure, specific security threats and risks, and system vulnerabilities across the entire IT environment — via a single management platform.

SIEM technology provides real-time analysis of security alerts generated by network hardware, system events, and applications, and is used to log security data and generate reports for compliance purposes. NitroSecurity is a member of the McAfee Security Innovation Alliance and its SIEM technology has already passed integration testing with the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (McAfee ePO) management console. The addition of NitroSecurity’s SIEM solutions will further expand the capability of the McAfee ePO management console to view events, activity, and logs created by networks, databases, and applications, helping customers take immediate, decisive action to address threats and vulnerabilities.

The integration of NitroSecurity’s SIEM technologies into the McAfee product family will enable enterprises to:

  • Use a single platform for event analysis and management
  • Quickly identify, correlate, and remediate threats, mitigating risks to information and infrastructure
  • Analyze forensic log and event data created by networks, databases, and applications
  • Institute a range of monitoring and mitigation actions, such as issuing new configurations, implementing new policies, and deploying software updates

The acquisition of NitroSecurity gives McAfee a strong foothold into the rapidly growing SIEM market, which hit $987 million in 2010 according to Gartner, and expands McAfee’s opportunity in the risk and compliance market. “McAfee is focused on keeping customers safe with optimized security and risk management solutions,” said Stuart McClure, general manager and senior vice president of the Risk and Compliance business unit at McAfee. “With NitroSecurity’s technology and talent, McAfee can expand its reach into new markets, secure new platforms, and strengthen its hold as the leader in the security risk management market.”

NitroSecurity’s technologies are a natural fit with the McAfee security portfolio. “NitroSecurity’s technology supports a broad range of information sources, including network security devices, firewalls, operating system and application logs, vulnerability assessment scans, identity and access management systems, and privacy systems. It will complement the extensive McAfee security portfolio and help to meet the demanding compliance and protection needs of our joint customers,” said Ken Levine, chairman and chief executive officer of NitroSecurity.