Novell buys endpoint security firm Senforce

Novell announced on Monday that it has acquired Senforce Technologies, a provider of endpoint and network security tools, for an undisclosed sum.

Waltham, Mass.-based Novell also said that it would move quickly to integrate Senforce’s technologies into its Zenworks product lineup in an effort to further expand its enterprise systems management offerings.

While Senforce, based in Draper, Utah, has long pitched itself as a provider of so-called network access control (NAC) tools, which are used to authenticate devices as they attempt to log onto corporate networks, Novell appeared to be most interested in adding the company’s endpoint security products, which promise to help companies protect mobile devices including laptops and handhelds from attack or data leakage.

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.

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