McAfee to acquire Trust Digital for smartphone security

The acquisition adds mobile security software to McAfee's endpoint security product set.

McAfee on Tuesday said it agreed to acquire Trust Digital, a mobile security management software vendor for enterprises.

Santa Clara, Calif.-based McAfee said it would integrate Trust Digital's enterprise mobility management software with its endpoint protection suite. The software would eventually be supported by McAfee's ePolicy Orchestrator, the vendor's centralized management console.

The acquisition is expected to close by June 30. Terms of the deal were not announced.

Trust Digital sells a management platform that extends enterprise security policies to smartphones and PDAs. It supports iPhone OS, Android, Web OS, Windows Mobile, and Symbian operating systems.The software is set up to work with Microsoft Active Directory to conduct a performance check on smartphones before they enter a company network.

The McLean, Va.-based vendor's software also enables IT to manage devices remotely, supporting two-factor authentication, encryption, device firewall, application controls and image management.

The company competes against mobile device management vendors Columbia, Md.-based BoxTone and Fremont, Calif.-based Zenprise. Both firms also support Research in Motion's BlackBerry smartphones. In a recent interview, Ahmed Datoo, Zenprise's vice president of marketing, said the mobile device management market includes Sybase Inc., which has a device management product it calls Afaria, which has security capabilities. HP also announced BlackBerry monitoring software and Symantec Corp. has a security feature that can look at vulnerabilities on Windows Mobile devices.

All the vendors cite the transition to more powerful mobile devices in the enterprise as the need for increased security capabilities.

"The integration of Trust Digital with McAfee will enable enterprises to rapidly deploy new mobility devices such as smartphones across diverse mobile environments cost effectively and with the highest level of security," Trust Digital CEO Mark Shull said in a statement. Together, we will enable IT to say yes to the iPhone and Android."

~Robert Westervelt

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