Dell Expands IT-as-a-Service Holdings with Acquisition of SecureWorks

The acquisition expands Dell’s IT-as-a-service offerings and information security expertise.

Dell has signed a definitive agreement to acquire SecureWorks Inc., a provider of information-security services. SecureWorks’ industry leading security-as-a-service solutions include managed-security services, security and risk consulting services, and threat intelligence. The acquisition expands Dell’s IT-as-a-service offerings and information security expertise.

Organizations of all sizes and across diverse industries – including Global 500 companies, mid-size businesses, financial services, utilities, healthcare, retail and manufacturing – rely on SecureWorks’ industry-leading security services to reduce risk, improve regulatory compliance and lower costs of managing IT security. The company’s proprietary threat management platform is scalable and integrates easily with client environments. In addition, SecureWorks’ Counter Threat Units research team helps protect clients across multiple industries from ever-changing global IT threats.

SecureWorks processes more than 13 billion security events and sees more than 30,000 malware specimens each day. The company has more than 1,500 banks and credit unions as managed security services clients and is protecting trillions of dollars in financial assets. It has earned a best-in-class customer satisfaction rating from its global client base.

The acquisition is the latest strategic investment by Dell as it expands its portfolio of enterprise-class IT-as-a-service solutions. Building its capabilities as a Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) is an important next step in Dell’s strategy to help clients drive better efficiency across the enterprise and dramatically simplify the management of IT infrastructure.

“The frequency and sophistication of attacks on technology infrastructure and malicious attempts to access data, requires reliable, capable and innovative information security,” said Peter Altabef, president of Dell Services. “SecureWorks is a recognized industry leader in information security services and its offerings and expertise will immediately enhance our solutions portfolio.”

The transaction is expected to close in early 2011. Dell plans to maintain SecureWorks’ current operations and continue to make investments in enhanced security offerings. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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