Web app security consolidation continues with HP purchase

Hewlett-Packard is to buy Web application security specialist SPI Dynamics, in a move that comes two weeks after IBM announced plans to buy SPI's rival Watchfire.

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Hewlett-Packard is to buy Web application security specialist SPI Dynamics, in a move that comes two weeks after IBM announced plans to buy SPI's rival Watchfire.

SPI, like Watchfire, develops software for finding vulnerabilities in Web applications, and for auditing their compliance with regulations on corporate governance such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

HP plans to integrate the company's business and its 140 staff into the software unit at its Technology Solutions Group, the business unit also responsible for servers, storage and consulting services.

The acquisitions leave one other player in the application security field adrift: Cenzic, a long-term partner of both IBM and Mercury Interactive, now a subsidiary of HP.

Cenzic hopes to profit from the uncertainty in the market to gain share: it will offer up to six months free service for customers that trade in their Watchfire Appscan license for a subscription to its Hailstorm Enterprise ARC service, it said Monday.

HP expects to close the deal in the third quarter, subject to regulatory approval. The companies did not disclose financial details of the deal.

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