HP Buys ArcSight

Posted by at 10:17 am on September 13, 2010

HP  and ArcSight today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for HP to acquire ArcSight, a leading security and compliance management company, for $43.50 per share, or an enterprise value of $1.5 billion.

The combination of HP and ArcSight will improve security, reduce risk and facilitate compliance at a lower cost for customers. ArcSight’s superior technology is highly complementary to HP’s existing security portfolio of hardware, software and services.

Today’s successful enterprises must provide their employees, partners and customers with more access to applications, services and information. This access and connectivity exposes enterprises to escalating threats, increasing complexity and regulatory challenges. Together, HP and ArcSight will be well-positioned to secure even the most demanding environments by delivering:

  • Broader visibility: A comprehensive view of all events across IT operations, security and compliance
  • Deeper context: The ability to detect threats and risks by correlating both activity and state changes in real time
  • Better continuity: A constant feedback loop between build, manage and monitor to ensure that enterprises remain secure

“From a security perspective, the perimeter of today’s enterprise is porous, putting enormous pressure on clients’ risk and compliance systems,” said Bill Veghte, executive vice president, Software and Solutions, HP. “The combination of HP and ArcSight will provide clients with the ability to fortify their applications, proactively monitor events and respond to threats.”

Investor and analyst conference call

HP will host a conference call for financial analysts and stockholders today at 5:30 a.m. PT to discuss its proposal to acquire ArcSight.

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