Dell Reaches Agreement to Acquire Credant, an Award-Winning Provider of Data Protection Solutions

Tue Dec 18, 2012 5:00pm EST

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ROUND ROCK, Texas--(Business Wire)--
Dell today announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Credant
Technologies, an industry-leading provider of data protection solutions to
control, manage and secure data sent from endpoints to servers, storage and the
cloud. The addition of Credant technology strengthens Dell`s computing solutions
and improves the manageability, reliability and security engineered into its
enterprise computing portfolio. 

Credant technology is a simple, comprehensive and transparent solution that is
easy to deploy and protects data across its full lifecycle. Credant protects and
encrypts user and corporate data - from PC to mobile to cloud - and works with
enterprises` existing systems management processes. Further, the technology
supports multiple mobile operating systems allowing companies to confidently
embrace the growing "bring your own device" movement. 

Credant Leadership

Credant secures more than 2 million endpoints with customers in a variety of
industries including, Aerospace and Defense, Energy, Financial Services,
Universities, Public Sector, Drugs and Healthcare, Retail and Consumer, and
Telecommunications, IT and Media. 

Credant offers:

* Simplified Security Management. Single console for full end user ecosystem PC,
tablets, external media, mobile devices and public clouds. 
* Lower cost of PC lifecycle maintenance for encrypted machines. Works
seamlessly with existing IT tools and processes. Data-centric approach to
encryption doesn`t interfere with existing IT maintenance tools like patch
management, application updating or password recovery. 
* Flexible data protection. Protects wherever data goes from smart phone to the
cloud including core PC device data, largest variety of removable media,
self-encrypting drives, MS BitLocker clients, mobile devices and end user data
in the cloud. 
* Ease in deployment and provisioning. Provision users up to 5.5x faster than
competitive solutions - saving more than three hours per PC. Remotely manage end
point encryption and authentication policies from single console. 
* High levels of security and protection. The Dell Hardware Encryption
Accelerator solution equips end-user systems with military-grade protection. It
also reaches the highest level of U.S. Federal Information Processing Standards
(FIPS) certification for endpoint disk encryption commercially available, 140-2
Level 3.

Dell has taken significant steps over the past three years to expand its
security portfolio to offer customers a complete range of world-class security
solutions. Today, Dell delivers comprehensive solutions to help customers
identify the appropriate technologies and services to manage risk, regardless of
the resources available to manage security. Dell`s security services and
solutions enable organizations of all sizes to protect their IT assets, comply
with regulations and reduce security costs. 

Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. 


"In today`s work environment data is always in-flight -- from work being done on
a local PC, being sent via email, stored on a USB drive and saved in the cloud.
Each one of those experiences represents a potential security risk. As a result,
businesses need a data protection strategy that is comprehensive, flexible and
easy to deploy," said Jeff Clarke, president, End User Computing Solutions at
Dell. "The Credant assets will complement and extend current Dell device
security features to make Dell Latitude, OptiPlex and Dell Precision computers
among the world`s most secure. When combined with the change in compute
behaviors and data in-flight, Dell can now offer a differentiated security
proposition based on its own intellectual property." 

"Protecting critical information has only become more important as organizations
globally struggle to protect their data in an ever more complex world," said Bob
Heard, chief executive officer and founder of Credant. "This combination allows
Credant to bring its deep capabilities in data security to Dell`s robust
solution set and customer base. Together, we will continue to focus on
innovation and building value that result in beneficial outcomes for our

About Credant

Credant was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Addison, Texas. Dell has a
long-standing joint development partnership and OEM agreement with Credant and
uses its technology in its Dell Data Protection|Encryption solution. 

About Dell

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Dell, Latitude, OptiPlex and Dell Precision are trademarks of Dell Inc. Dell
disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. 

Special Note: Statements that relate to future results and events are
forward-looking statements based on Dell's current expectations. Actual results
and events in future periods may differ materially from those expressed or
implied by these forward-looking statements because of a number of risks,
uncertainties and other factors. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include
the possibility that projected benefits may not materialize as expected; that
the transaction may not be timely completed, if at all; that Dell is unable to
successfully implement the plans, strategies and objectives of management for
future operations, including the execution of integration strategies; and other
risks that are described in Dell`s Securities and Exchange Commission reports.
Dell undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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