< Novell announced its
acquisition of e-Security, Inc., a move that will make Novell a pioneer
in delivering a single view of security and compliance activities across
the entire enterprise. The deal combines the benefits of Novell's
identity and systems management expertise with e-Security's real-time
event monitoring, response and reporting capabilities. With a
comprehensive view of user, network and application events, customers
will now be able to streamline a previously labor-intensive and
error-prone process, cut costs through automation, and build a more
rigorous, predictable security and compliance monitoring program.

“In the compliance area, customers want converged solutions that
encompass system, identity, access and security event management,” said
Chris Christiansen, IDC vice president of security products and
services. “With the acquisition of e-Security, Novell is the only vendor
with the potential to proactively address business needs for a
real-time, comprehensive compliance solution that integrates people,
systems and processes.”

Automated Compliance Monitoring and Reporting
From government regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, Basel II and HIPAA
to corporate governance initiatives, regulatory environments have become
increasingly complex. Too often, organizations are left to rely on
varying information sources and tools to monitor compliance, an approach
which is inefficient and error-prone. To streamline workflow and ensure
data accuracy, Novell is focused on delivering an infrastructure for
more comprehensive security and event monitoring. With the addition of
e-Security’s award-winning product, Sentinel 5, Novell can deliver a
solution that provides a real-time, holistic view of security and
compliance activities, while helping customers monitor, report, and
respond automatically to network events across the enterprise.

A Holistic Approach to Security and Compliance
“Compliance is changing the way companies think about security and
identity management: the focus now is on automating and reporting
results, as well as responding to events and non-compliant activities as
they happen,” said Jack Messman, chairman and CEO of Novell. “Novell’s
acquisition of e-Security demonstrates our commitment to this growing
market, leveraging a core element of our business to deliver robust
security and compliance solutions that meet our customers’ needs in an
increasingly regulated business environment.”

Reed Harrison, founder and chief technology officer of e-Security,
said, “Combining Novell’s expertise in identity management with our
real-time security event monitoring and reporting capabilities will
create an unmatched solution. As a member of the Novell family, we can
now help redefine how customers think about security and compliance.”

Sentinel 5 can be purchased from Novell beginning in May. The next
version of the Novell and e-Security solution is expected to be
available this summer.

Novell paid $72 million to acquire e-Security. Novell estimates a
positive revenue impact from the acquisition of roughly $20 million in
the coming 12 months.