HP Acquires Security Specialist ArcSightBy Nathan Eddy | Posted 2010-09-13 Email Print
HP says ArcSight's security technology will allow the company to offer a more comprehensive security solution to its customers.
Technology giant Hewlett-Packard announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire ArcSight, a security and compliance management company, for $43.50 per share, or an enterprise value of $1.5 billion. HP said the acquisition of ArcSight will result in improved security, reduced risk and facilitated compliance at a lower cost for its customers.
HP claims ArcSight's technology is "highly complementary" to HP's
existing security portfolio of hardware, software and services.
Together, the two companies said they plan to deliver broader visibility through a comprehensive view of all events across IT operations; security and compliance; a deeper context with the ability to detect threats and risks by correlating both activity and state changes in real time; and better continuity through a constant feedback loop between build, manage and monitor to ensure that enterprises remain secure.
"From a security perspective, the perimeter of today's enterprise is porous, putting enormous pressure on clients' risk and compliance systems," said Bill Veghte, executive vice president of Software and Solutions at HP. "The combination of HP and ArcSight will provide clients with the ability to fortify their applications, proactively monitor events and respond to threats."
The acquisition will be conducted by means of a cash tender offer for all of ArcSight's outstanding shares of common stock. The closing of the acquisition, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to occur by the end of the calendar year. The company’s flagship product, the ArcSight Enterprise Threat and Risk Management (ETRM) platform, helps enable businesses and government agencies proactively safeguard digital assets; comply with corporate and regulatory policy; and control the internal and external risks associated with cyber-theft, cyber-fraud, cyber-warfare and cyber-espionage.
Tom Reilly, president and CEO of ArcSight, said HP's acquisition of his company will enable the creation of a new type of security solution, one that serves the modern enterprise. "By combining ArcSight's ETRM platform with HP's breadth of application development and operations management solutions, HP will be able to offer an integrated security platform that delivers broader visibility, deeper context and faster remediation of enterprise-wide security and risk-related events," he said. "In a world where perimeter security is no longer enough, businesses need this holistic approach to securing their networks, applications and sensitive data."