Novell extends range with Senforce acquisition

Novell has acquired Senforce Technologies, a provider of endpoint and network security tools. The company said that it is going to integrate Senforce's technologies into its ZENworks product lineup, in an effort to expand its enterprise systems management offerings.

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Novell has acquired Senforce Technologies, a provider of endpoint and network security tools. The company said that it is going to integrate Senforce's technologies into its ZENworks product lineup in an effort to expand its enterprise systems management offerings.

Senforce describes itself as a vendor of network access control (NAC) tools, although Novell appeared to be most interested in adding the company's endpoint security products to its range.

Novell said it will immediately begin offering a new product built around Senforce's tools, dubbed ZENworks Endpoint Security, which aims to protect endpoints from data theft, wireless exploits, software attacks, and malware. Among the different types of technologies that Senforce has offered for endpoint protection are device firewalls and applications control systems, as well as data encryption utilities.

The companies had partnered earlier this year to launch a joint offering dubbed ZENworks Endpoint Security Management, which offered many of the same features that will be included in the new Novell product.

"More and more enterprises and government agencies are losing mission-critical and confidential information through theft and loss of unsecured corporate and personal devices," said Joe Wagner, senior vice president and general manager of Systems and Resource Management at Novell.

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