EMC Buys Network Security Monitoring And Analysis Company NetWitness

Following its $2.25 billion acquisition of Isilon, infrastructure giant EMC is making another purchase today— network security software company NetWitness. EMC’s acquisition of NetWitness closed on April 1, 2011 (clearly neither company wanted to make the announcement on April Fool’s Day) and NetWitness will operate as a part of RSA, the security division of EMC . Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

NetWitness provides network security monitoring and analysis software products for commercial and government organizations internationally. The company’s software offers network content analysis methods, risk verification and determination methods, incident response, data leakage and content monitoring, and compliance services.

For example, NetWitness’ software can be used to identify and prevent insider threats, zero-day exploits and targeted malware, advanced persistent threats, fraud, espionage, data leakage, and more. Tom Heiser, President, of RSA, said in a statement that NetWitness’ network security analysis capabilities will “extend RSA’s solutions for managing security risk and compliance across both physical and virtual environments.”

Since 2009, EMC has acquired Isilon, Greenplum, Archer Technologies, SourceLabs, FastScale Technology, Data Domain, Configuresoft and Varonis Systems.