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EMC bulks up security with Silver Tail buy

30 Oct 2012
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Storage firm EMC has agreed to acquire security and fraud detection specialist Silver Tail Systems.

The company said that the firm would be integrated into its RSA enterprise security branch as part of the Identity Protection and Verification (IPV) platform. The company also expects to integrate Silver Tail's products into various other segments of RSA's enterprise security platforms.

Terms of the deal for the privately held firm were not disclosed.

Based out of offices in London and Silicon Valley, Silver Tail develops web-based analytical tools designed to detect possible fraud activity and alert administrators to security risks and suspicious online behaviour.

EMC believes that the acquisition will help to bolster the analytics capabilities of the security products in its RSA subsidiary.

"We see tremendous opportunity with Silver Tail at the intersection of big data and security to leverage our collective expertise and technologies to move beyond the hype to execute on the vision of intelligence-driven security that is risk-based, agile and contextual," said RSA executive chairman Art Coviello.

"Together RSA and Silver Tail can deliver compelling solutions that leverage session intelligence and big data analytics to help our customers gain better visibility and control risk."

Big data collection and analysis has become a top priority for EMC, both within its core storage business and through RSA. Earlier this year the company outlined a big data strategy, which includes both products and services, as well as efforts to improve training and credentialling programmes for data analysts.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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