Trustwave Acquires Vericept

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News emerged
the other day that Trustwave (
had acquired the data loss prevention (DLP) player Vericept.

market had gone a bit quiet over the past few months so when this news emerged
I was pleased to see Vericept being snapped up.

The Vericept
proposition has always been interesting.

They had
hardly been modest in their marketing having branded themselves the “Recognized
industry leader in data loss prevention”. Vericept entered the world of
DLP in 1999 and managed to secure their 700th DLP customer by 2006.
Traditionally they had a very strong North American base, only starting in EMEA
in 2008. In early 2005 they received $12.5m in funding followed by another $8m
in 2008 so they had money to invest.

Following acquisitions
over the past couple of years by some of the big players such as CA, Symantec
and McAfee the DLP market became very short of independent DLP vendors that were
worthy of an investment.

Now with
Vericept gone that cupboard is looking even more bare.

This is
unfortunate for other vendors that wanted a piece of the DLP action but were
too slow to make a buy, and I am sure their tardiness will one day come around
and bite them.

As for
Trustwave, let’s see how they get on with managing the integration. In this day
and age people never want less security, and DLP is a major component of
Enterprise Data Protection, as I have written about over the years.

So the market
is there, Trustwave just need to execute well. I’ll revisit this story early
next year when the Bloor Research Data Leak Prevention Market Update is

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