Micro Focus Extends Reach of Security Portfolio

    Micro Focus at a Protect 2017 conference today unveiled a revamped portfolio of security offerings that extends the capabilities of both the ArcSight technologies it gained from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) and the NetIQ management tools it already owned.

    Travis Grandpre, director of product marketing for Micro Focus, says version 2.2 of ArcSight Data Platform (ADP) is a more open instance of the company’s security information event management (SIEM) software that employs an event broker. Among the first companies pledging to integrate with that event broker is Elastic, a provider of open source search and analytics software.

    “We’re going to make ArcSight available as a more modular set of services,” says Grandpre.

    At the same time, Micro Focus today bolstered the Fortify application testing software it gained from HPE to make it possible to tighten integration with other DevOps tools and delivered an update to NetIQ Change Guardian file integrity software that can now monitor instances of Microsoft Active Directory deployed in the cloud and is integrated with ArcSight.

    Finally, Micro Focus announced Voltage SecureData Cloud for AWS to secure data on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud and is also making available an ArcSight Investigate 2.0 release that now comes with pre-defined dashboards that are powered by the Vertica columnar database that Micro Focus also gained from HPE.

    Grandpre says Micro Focus plans to focus more of its efforts on DevSecOps processes that IT organizations are increasingly baking into application development. The degree to which DevSecOps will improve application security remains to be seen. But as application security does improve, IT organizations should start factoring reduced security costs into both the development of new applications as well as upgrading existing legacy applications. After all, every minute not spent patching legacy application is more time spent on adding real value to the business.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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