By Jaikumar Vijayan
August 18, 2010
Hewlett-Packard's move this week to buy Fortify software focuses
attention on the increasingly important, but still mostly underutilized
category of application security products, security experts say.
Privately-held Fortify will provide HP with a set of technologies for
on-premise testing of applications through all stages of the development
process through deployment.
The planned acquisition complements HP's 2007 purchase SPI Dynamics, a
vendor of Web application security products. Fortify will also give HP
the means to match IBM's range of static and dynamic analysis tools that
help companies test applications during the coding and testing stages,
as well as the deployment phase.
The Fortify acquisition is the latest move in efforts by IBM and HP to
build competitive application security portfolios mostly via
acquisition. HP's purchase of SPI Dynamics for instance, followed IBM's
acquisition Web application security vendor Waterfire. And HP's purchase
of Fortify follows last year's IBM acquisition of Fortify competor Ounce
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