Oracle buys database firewall vendor Secerno

Oracle said the deal adds the Secerno database activity monitoring functionality to its line of database server security technologies.

Oracle has agreed to buy database firewall vendor Secerno.

Oracle said the Secerno firewall and its database activity monitoring capabilities would be integrated into its database security products. The transaction is expected to close before end of June. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Oxford, U.K.-based Secerno's DataWall product blocks against unauthorized database activity in real-time, over the network – before attacks reach the database. The software supports Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and Sybase ASE database management systems. It supports high volume data centers and has controls on application and domain levels.

The acquisition is in line with other moves in the database activity monitoring market. IBM acquired Guardium Inc., a privately-held database activity monitoring (DAM) vendor in November. Experts say the market for database security tools has been slowly consolidating and offered by database vendors and security suite vendors. The remaining vendors in the market include Application Security Inc., Imperva Inc. and Sentrigo Inc.

Database activity monitoring:
Database activity monitoring keeps watch over your data: Database activity monitoring can help with security and compliance by tracking everything going on in the database. 

Database activity monitoring lacks security lift: IBM's acquisition of Guardium does not validate DAM as a viable security market segment. The market has been hyped, says security expert Eric Ogren. 

Andrew Mendelsohn, senior vice president of Oracle database server technologies said Secerno adds database firewall controls in the form of transparent data encryption, data classification, auditing, monitoring, and data masking.

"Secerno's database firewall product acts as a first line of defense against external threats and unauthorized internal access with a protective perimeter around Oracle and non-Oracle databases," Mendelsohn said in a statement.

Oracle said it would expected to retain management and employees. After the close of the transaction, Secerno employees are expected to join Oracle. The software and hardware giant also said it planned to increase research and development of Secerno's product set and add it to its global support and services organization. Oracle said it would also continue to honor valid Secerno partner agreements until further notice.

In a statement, Steve Hurn, CEO of Secerno called the acquisition a natural fit for Oracle.

"Secerno has been providing enterprises and their IT Security departments strong assurance that their databases are protected from attacks and breaches," Hurn said. "We are excited to bring Secerno's domain expertise to Oracle, and ensure continuity and success for our current customers, partners and prospects."

~Robert Westervelt

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