EMC to Purchase IT Governance Risk and Compliance Software Company

EMC Corporation, a provider of information infrastructure solutions, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Kansas-based Archer Technologies, a privately-held provider of governance, risk and compliance (GRC) software.

According to EMC, the combination of Archer, with industry-leading technologies for information risk management, and information security from EMC's RSA Security Division will extend EMC's solutions portfolio for visualizing and managing risk, enabling customers to automate GRC visibility and policy enforcement across both physical and virtualized IT environments. Archer will remain in Overland Park, Kan., upon completion of the acquisition and operate as a part of RSA, The Security Division of EMC.

"Traditional security management focuses primarily on addressing technology issues, but our customers are telling us that their real challenges are in the areas of policy management, audit and compliance," states RSA President Art Coviello. "You can't manage what you can't see. The Archer solution not only offers the visibility into risk and compliance that customers need, it brings stronger policy management capabilities to the RSA portfolio. The end result is customers are able to better manage their security programs and prove compliance across both physical and virtual infrastructures, and effectively communicate to the business."

Archer's solutions, including Policy, Risk, Compliance, Enterprise, Incident, Vendor, Threat, Business Continuity, and Audit Management, are built on the Archer SmartSuite Framework, and can be deployed on-premise or via Archer's SaaS model.

Archer's technology, coupled with RSA's solutions for data loss prevention (DLP) and security information and event management (SIEM), are intended to provide customers with a broader set of IT-GRC solutions, ranging from policy orchestration and security controls through real-time security event management and remediation. Archer's technology are also expected to benefit from complementary solutions such as EMC Ionix, helping customers automate IT configuration change and compliance across both physical and virtual server, network, and storage environments.

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