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HP's Fortify buy puts spotlight on obscure -- but important -- niche




HP's Fortify buy puts spotlight on obscure -- but important -- niche
HP's Fortify buy puts spotlight on obscure -- but important -- niche



http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9180872/HP_s_Fortify_buy_puts_spotlight_on_obscure_but_important_niche 

By Jaikumar Vijayan
Computerworld
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 
Labs.

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