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Trend Micro Signs Agreement to Acquire Data Protection Specialist Mobile Armor
Published on Nov 29, 2010

Trend Micro Incorporated announced the signing of a definitive agreement to purchase innovative data protection specialist, Mobile Armor, in a move to expand Trend Micro’s data protection product portfolio.

Mobile Armor, based in St. Louis, Missouri is majority-owned by Dolphin Equity of New York, New York. Financial terms are not disclosed. The transaction, which is subject to certain closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, is expected to close before December 31, 2010.

Mobile Armor’s data protection offerings provide full-disk, file/folder, and removable media encryption for endpoints. They will complement Trend Micro’s existing data loss prevention, email encryption and cloud encryption products. The acquisition furthers Trend Micro’s leadership in data protection and encryption from the endpoint to the cloud for all major customer segments.

Data protection is a growing concern for businesses. IDC assesses that the market for endpoint encryption is growing at an estimated 14 percent CAGR through 2014. State and national governments are enacting more stringent regulations such as the U.S. HITECH Act, the U.K. Data Protection Act, and the German Federal Data Protection Act. Together with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), such regulations are driving the need to encrypt sensitive information and protect privacy. The increased frequency and cost of data breaches are also accelerating the adoption of encryption as organizations strive to mitigate risks and protect sensitive information from unauthorized access.

“This acquisition will expand our endpoint security market reach and will provide our customers with proven technology for encrypting data on laptops, tablet PCs, and smartphones. Mobile Armor’s solutions further our vision of protecting digital information wherever it resides and complements our recent announcement of Trend Micro SecureCloud for securing and controlling data in the cloud,” said Eva Chen, CEO, Trend Micro. “Mobile Armor’s endpoint encryption suite will enhance our data protection portfolio for the cloud computing era.”

“Security-minded buyers are assured that the Mobile Armor solution is fortified, tested, and proven to have the quality, certifications and critical security features that other data security solutions do not have. For customers, we see Mobile Armor complementing Trend Micro’s data protection strategy and contributing to Trend Micro’s mobile and cloud security initiatives. Trend Micro’s worldwide reach and extensive resources will add value to Mobile Armor’s customer base,” said Michael Menegay, CEO, Mobile Armor.***

Product type: Data | Data Management | Security / Firewall

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