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Dell Acquires Credant For BYOD, Data Security

Dell announced today its acquisition of data security company Credant Technologies to beef up its BYOD security toolset.

Dell has announced the acquisition of data security software vendor Credant Technologies. The move should dig Dell deeper into the mobile data protection market and give added credibility to its BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) offerings.

Credant Technologies is known for managing and encrypting corporate data sent from multiple devices or stored in the cloud. The Credant platform supports multiple mobile operating systems for the company's two million customers. With the acquisition, Dell plans on using its technology to secure the transfer of information across a number of devices.

"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, in a statement.

The acquisition will allow Dell to expand its security tools to Dell Latitude, OptiPlex, and Precision PCs.