While we East Coast folks celebrated Columbus Day, McAfee announced its acquisition of privately held SafeBoot for $350 million. SafeBoot provides software for file and full disk encryption.
Now, I certainly understand the rationale behind this deal. McAfee can now bundle encryption software into its PC security software and integrate key management into its ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO). We saw this same market consolidation pattern a few years ago with antispyware, which went from a stand-alone product to an integrated feature in endpoint security suites. In that transition, CA bought antispyware vendor Pest Patrol, while Microsoft grabbed Giant. Obviously, the same … Read more