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RSA, the Security Division of EMC, to Acquire Tablus -- Further Advancing Information Security Leadership
Aug 09, 2007 (12:08 PM EDT)


HOPKINTON, Mass., Aug. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RSA, The Security Division of EMC , today announced its intent to acquire Tablus Inc., a leading provider of data loss prevention solutions based in San Mateo, California. Tablus is privately-held; further details of the transaction are not being disclosed.

The Tablus solution will add industry-leading data discovery and classification, monitoring, and data loss prevention capabilities to RSA's data security portfolio, helping to enable the company to better meet the market's need for information-centric security by: finding and identifying sensitive data; preventing that data from "leaking" outside the organization; and simplifying the management of data security through policy-driven controls.

"Information security has clearly become an information management problem: today, many organizations struggle to establish exactly what data they have and where it all is -- let alone how sensitive it is," said Art Coviello, Executive Vice President at EMC and President of RSA. "The hard reality of information security is that you cannot secure what you cannot manage, and you cannot manage what you cannot find. Once completed, this acquisition will significantly expand our ability to help organizations of all sizes truly secure their data - and accelerate our mission to bring information-centric security to life."

Locating and Classifying the Data

Data discovery and classification is a critical first step towards securing data in most organizations, as IT departments grapple with an explosion of digital information to store, manage and protect. This challenge is complicated by the fact that sensitive data exists in three different forms (database records; messages, such as email; and loose files) and in three different contexts (at-rest on datacenter storage; in-motion through the network; or in-use on laptops, mobile devices and portable storage). Comprehensive data discovery and classification must directly address this complexity.

To that end, RSA will combine Tablus' products with the EMC Infoscape intelligent information management solution to create a common "platform" that is engineered to enable organizations to discover, classify and take policy-based action on all of their data. Specifically, Tablus' expertise in quickly and accurately locating and protecting valuable intellectual property, sensitive personal information, and security-related content will be combined with Infoscape's solutions for managing data according to specific governance requirements regarding retention and archiving, as well as preparation for litigation support through e-discovery.

Preventing Data Loss

An understanding of the information landscape gives organizations the ability to establish and enforce data security policy and prevent data loss. This enforcement can take many forms, from data erasure, bulk encryption and digital rights management to simple movement and quarantine. These various enforcement mechanisms need to be applied at different points in the IT system: at the point of storage, at the point of creation, or at other times in the network.

In recognition of this reality, RSA plans not only to integrate the Tablus offering with its existing data control assets in the fields of encryption, key management and information rights management, but also to partner openly with industry leaders to enable policy-driven enforcement of data security where it makes the most sense.

"Data loss prevention is the battlefront in today's information security war, and winning that battle is going to require a united effort from the leaders in information technology. RSA is committed to building an ecosystem -- through partnerships with leading information technology providers -- that enables the common administration and shared enforcement of data security policies," said Dennis Hoffman, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at RSA. "Our goal is to enable, elevate and simplify the management of data security -- providing organizations with a richness of knowledge and range of protection options for their data that simply doesn't exist today."

Simplifying Data Security Management Through Policy-Based Controls

The ability to establish, enforce and audit data security policy is central to this vision. Specifically, enabling policy-driven data security controls throughout the infrastructure that are fully and mutually interoperable would not only address the data security problem, but also the associated cost of operation. Together with RSA's data security assets, EMC Infoscape and strategic partners, the core technology and intellectual property of Tablus will allow organizations to build robust policy around sensitive data, and distribute the enforcement of that policy as needed when that data is copied, moved or accessed.

"We are excited to be joining forces with RSA, an organization that has set the standard in data security for decades," said Anne Bonaparte, President and CEO of Tablus. "I am confident that Tablus' employees, solutions and services will make strong contributions to RSA's offering and both companies' customers can look forward to reaping the benefits of this compelling combination."

The acquisition of Tablus is expected to be completed early in the fourth quarter of 2007, subject to customary closing conditions.

About RSA

RSA, The Security Division of EMC, is the premier provider of security solutions for business acceleration, helping the world's leading organizations succeed by solving their most complex and sensitive security challenges. RSA's information-centric approach to security guards the integrity and confidentiality of information throughout its lifecycle -- no matter where it moves, who accesses it or how it is used.

RSA offers industry-leading solutions in identity assurance & access control, encryption & key management, compliance & security information management and fraud protection. These solutions bring trust to millions of user identities, the transactions that they perform, and the data that is generated. For more information, please visit http://www.RSA.com http://www.EMC.com and

About Tablus

Tablus, Inc. is a leading provider of content loss prevention solutions that locate, monitor and protect sensitive enterprise information from potential loss or misuse. Many of the world's largest enterprises in the high technology, financial services, retail and hospitality, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries rely on the complete Tablus solution suite for the precise content detection and unprecedented control needed to maintain regulatory compliance and mitigate the legal and financial risk of exposing confidential corporate content -- regardless of whether it is at rest, in motion, or in use. For more information, visit: http://www.Tablus.com

This release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined under the Federal Securities Laws. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to: (i) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (ii) delays or reductions in information technology spending; (iii) risks associated with acquisitions and investments, including the challenges and costs of integration, restructuring and achieving anticipated synergies; (iv) risks associated with the VMware IPO, including the inability to manage successfully and complete the IPO, and risks associated with trading of VMware stock if the IPO is completed; (v) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures and new product introductions; (vi) the relative and varying rates of product price and component cost declines and the volume and mixture of product and services revenues; (vii) component and product quality and availability; (viii) the transition to new products, the uncertainty of customer acceptance of new product offerings and rapid technological and market change; (ix) insufficient, excess or obsolete inventory; (x) war or acts of terrorism; (xi) the ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; (xii) fluctuating currency exchange rates; and (xiii) other one-time events and other important factors disclosed previously and from time to time in EMC's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release and undue reliance should not be placed on these statements. EMC disclaims any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.

CONTACT: Matt Buckley RSA, The Security Division of EMC (781) 515-6212 mbuckley@rsa.com Sandra Heikkinen OutCast Communications (212) 905-6043

CONTACT: Matt Buckley, RSA, The Security Division of EMC, +1-781-515-6212, mbuckley@rsa.com; or Sandra Heikkinen of OutCast Communications,+1-212-905-6043, , for EMC

Web site: http://www.RSA.com/ http://www.EMC.com/ http://www.Tablus.com/