Novell Acquires Senforce Technologies

Specialist in endpoint security solutions will enhance Novell's enterprise management portfolio


WALTHAM, Mass., Aug. 13 -- Novell today announced the expansion of its enterprise management services capabilities through the acquisition of Senforce Technologies, a leader in endpoint security management. With Senforce Technologies, Novell is extending its policy-based management offerings to include a full suite of endpoint security solutions. As part of the overall Novell enterprise management strategy, ZENworks Endpoint Security Management will help customers protect their IT investment from the increasing threats of data theft, wireless exploits, software attacks, malware and viruses.

"Management and security are rapidly converging as customers require mobile computing tools in an environment where both internal and external IT threats are on the rise," said Chris Christensen, analyst at IDC. "Novell's acquisition of Senforce provides a comprehensive security and management solution that includes endpoint security capabilities, like personal firewall, encryption and blacklisting, which can help companies secure their networks and their data without slowing down their businesses."

This acquisition gives Novell both security expertise and technology that will allow it to tightly integrate endpoint security with its configuration management solutions. Novell partnered with Senforce Technologies earlier this year to launch ZENworks Endpoint Security Management, a solution designed to protect the most vulnerable place on the corporate network, the user endpoint.

ZENworks Endpoint Security Management ensures protection against potential security breaches, data leaks and threats to the network by enforcing encryption policies at the desktop, regardless of whether a user is on or off-line. As part of the Novell ZENworks systems management family, ZENworks Endpoint Security Management provides removable device security, personal firewalls, wireless security and application control to secure the network and give organizations mobile computing flexibility without fear of data loss or attack.

Joe Wagner, Novell senior vice president and general manager of Systems and Resource Management, said, "More and more enterprises and government agencies are losing mission-critical and confidential information through theft and loss of unsecured corporate and personal devices. Combining Senforce's technology with Novell's existing systems and resource management solutions creates a new level of control and protection for our customers. This addition supports Novell's enterprise management strategy, which is focused on helping customers get the most out of their IT investments from the desktop to the data center, while reducing the complexity and risk."