Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Updata Partners to Acquire CA Technologies Internet Security Business Unit

On May 12, Computer Associates announced that they had entered into an agreement with Updata Partners, a technology-focused growth equity firm, to sell them the Internet Security Business Unit of CA Technologies. http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20110512-720864.html This transaction does not affect CA Technologies enterprise security business. This business is focused primarily on identity and access management software. The new company, marketing the security products sold by Computer Associates, will be called Total Defense, Inc.

While Computer Associate. remains a major enterprise security player, how good is/was their antivirus and internet security endpoint products?

CA’s endpoint solution did not appear in the Opswat Security Market Share Analysis Report. Symantec, AVG Technologies and Avast came in first through third, respectively in North America antivirus market share in this report. http://www.opswat.com/media/reports/MarketShareReportMarch2011.pdf

In Gartner’s December 2010 Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms, Computer Associates fell into the niche category.

Computer Associates Internet Security Suite 2011 failed to receive certification in av-test.orgs Q! 2011 test on Windows 7. They scored 2.0, 3.5, and 4.0, respectively on Protection, Repair, and Usability. http://www.av-test.org/certifications Their 2.0 score for protection was the lowest score among the more than twenty products tested.

Computer Associate’s business product had failed to receive a Virus BulletinVB100 award in three of the last seven tests they had entered. http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/archive/vendor?id=39. Their consumer product was six for twelve in the last tests they had entered. http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/archive/vendor?id=46

Their business endpoint solution scored around 60% on proactive detection and around 65% on reactive detection on Virus Bulletin’s October 2010 through April 2011 RAP test. This is not a stellar result. http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/rap-index.xml

Security products being retained by Computer Associates include products involved with cloud security, secure access, secure identity, secure information, and security management. http://www.ca.com/us/it-security-solutions.aspx

Candidates to go after CA’s endpoint business – Symantec, McAfee, Sophos, and Trend Micro immediately come to mind. They all have enterprise strength endpoint solutions. This is less the case for Sophos, but Sophos’ primary focus is the business marketplace.

Sophos recently purchased Astaro. Astaro has security solutions in the areas of security gateways, gateway extensions, management tools, and hosted services. http://www.astaro.com

It will be interesting to see if Total Defense is any more successful selling Computer Associates’ endpoint security products than Computer Associates has been.

Computer Associates is a member of the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization. www.amtso.org .

Updata Partners invests in market-leading software, internet, and business services companies. We concentrate on growth and technology as the central value drivers in our investments, and work closely with management to position businesses for breakout success. www.updatapartners.com

na zdravĂ­ and proost to Updata in their venture. afscheid

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