October 31, 2012 – EMC Corporation has proposed the buyout of Silver Tail Systems to enhance the fraud detection and Web monitoring capabilities within its RSA security division.

As part of RSA, Silver Tail Systems products would be integrated to expand the security division’s Identity Protection and Verification solutions. EMC also noted the expected value in Silver Tail’s behavioral analysis technology and its monitoring solutions, which can track up to 330,000 clicks per second.

Art Coviello, RSA EVP and executive chairman, said in a release on the proposed deal that Silver Tail has an attractive dossier of tracking large data volumes, especially with online banking, e-commerce and government Web portals.

“The industry is well beyond the point of providing effective security using static, perimeter point tools that fail to keep up with dynamic cyber attackers,” said Coviello. “Customers need better intelligence, analytics and the ability to respond in real time, which is a capability that Silver Tail's products do extraordinarily well to help foil Web-based attacks.”

Financial terms of the deal for privately held Silver Tail Systems were not disclosed. EMC anticipates the deal to close by the end of the year. Based in Menlo Park, Calif., Silver Tail Systems was founded in 2008 and quickly caught the attention of many industry watchers, including our sister publication, American Banker. Silver Tail CEO Timothy Eades carries a sales and management background from previous positions at IBM, Sana Security and BEA Systems.

EMC made four acquisitions across the storage and application development arenas during the spring. This is the first security deal EMC made since spring 2011, after it bought provider NetWitness in the wake of RSA suffering a cyber attack, attempted hack of a major client and an executive shake-up.

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