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Novell Acquires Senforce Technologies For Zenworks

Before the acquisition, Novell offered the endpoint security software as an option to its Zenworks systems and resource management software.

Novell on Monday said it has bought partner Senforce Technologies, and has re-branded the latter company's endpoint security software.

The acquisition occurred less than two months after Novell announced the partnership with the privately held Senforce in launching the new security product. Financial terms of the acquisition weren't disclosed.

Senforce software is designed to protect a company's network against data theft, wireless exploits, software attacks, malware, and viruses that can originate from the corporate desktop or notebook. The security capabilities include personal firewall, encryption, and blacklisting, which are tightly integrated with Novell's configuration management applications.

Senforce technology provides protection by enforcing encryption policies at employees' computers, whether they are online or offline. The software includes "location-aware enforcement" that prevents unauthorized access to a network by automatically adjusting security controls and protections based on the user's location.

"Combining Senforce's technology with Novell's existing systems and resource-management solutions creates a new level of control and protection for our customers," Joe Wagner, Novell senior VP and general manager of systems and resource management, said in a statement. "This addition supports Novell's enterprise management strategy, which is focused on helping customers get the most out of their IT investments from the desktop to the data center, while reducing the complexity and risk."

The Zenworks Endpoint Security Management product is available for $69 per device, or as part of Novell's Secure Desktop Solution for $120.

Besides Novell, Senforce had sold its technology through other companies. Newbury Networks, for example, integrated its Wi-Fi security system with Senforce's products. Together, the integrated products provided wireless location-aware security down to the level of ports, interfaces, applications, and wireless cards.

Other partnerships included Senforce with StillSecure, which offered network-access control software.

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