HP Acquires Fortify, Great Time to Beef Up Security

Mark Hurd may still be in the hot seat, but it’s business as usual over at HP. The company has announced its acquisition of securities company Fortify Software, for an undisclosed amount. The privately held security assurance company, based in San Mateo, California, will enable HP to extend more tools for businesses to identify vulnerabilities and protect applications from attacks.

HP will initially maintain Fortify as a separate entity. Its integration beefs up the tool sets HP offers through its enterprise solutions, particularly towards the protection of consumer software and hardware found in HP products. From Fortify’s released statement,

“Fortify has always been committed to helping chief information security officers and application teams find, fix and prevent security vulnerabilities before they can be exploited by attackers,” said John M. Jack, chief executive officer, Fortify Software. “Joining HP will allow us to further integrate our proven technology and security expertise with HP’s solutions, letting our joint clients shrink the time-to-security for their new and existing production applications.”

The two companies teamed up last year with the “Hybrid 2.0″ security analysis technology, continuing a previous relationship Fortify had with HP. The acquisition will bring additional integration opportunities for HP as it beefs up its consumer electronics product lines in light of major pushes from all its competitors in the coming 6-12 months.

Kristen Nicole

Named by Forbes as a top influencer in Big Data, Kristen Nicole is currently a Senior Editor at SiliconANGLE.com.She got her start with 606tech, a Chicago blog she dedicated to the social media space, going on to become the lead writer and Field Editor at Mashable.

Kristen Nicole has also contributed to other publications, from TIME Techland to Forbes. Her work has been syndicated across a number of media outlets, including The New York Times, and MSNBC.

Kristen Nicole published her first book, The Twitter Survival Guide, and is currently completing her second book on predictive analytics.


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  1. Once again HP is gaining a lot of space in the technological community, I believe it is not the first time they start a business with a “simple” partnership and end up owing a whole new company. These exact same steps were the ones used by Google, they are under different business but using the same strategy!

  2. Gotta try the milk before you buy the cow, right?! ;)

  3. The market for software assurance is a big but under served in my opinion.  More than ever today, software vulnerabilities, malicious code, and software that doesn’t function as promised pose substantial risk to software-intensive business.  And it’s not just application software vulnerabilities – it’s utility software (recent hacks against vMotion demonstrate that it’s fairly easy to inject malicious code into a VM application container as it moves from one virtual machine to another), storage controller software (giving rise to 10g SSL), and other automation points.  

    Fortify is a leader in helping business design, deploy and operate high assurance software, with a target buyer of the CIO, application head, or CISO.  HP BTO is not the first place I’d think of for a software assurance play, as recent back-channel news suggest a broadening of the HP Security Advantage messaging, marketing, and solutions.

    Stay tuned.

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