Dell SecureWorks Inc. is a United States-based Dell Inc. subsidiary that provides information security services, protecting its customers' computers, networks and information assets from malicious activity such as cybercrime. The company has thousands of customers, ranging from Fortune 100 companies to mid-sized businesses in a variety of industries.It became part of Dell in February 2011. Wikipedia.
News Article | October 20, 2015
You have to give Dell points for ambition: Not only is the company hosting its annual DellWorld conference in Austin this week, but earlier this month it swung a $67B deal for EMC and supposedly filed a secretive IPO for its SecureWorks unit. And apparently, the company has its Black Friday sale all prepared as well. An ad for Dell Home's Black Friday sale started making the rounds Tuesday on bargain-watching sites such as BestBlackFriday and BFAds. Deals -- including free shipping -- go live at 6pm on Thanksgiving Day and run all day the following Friday, Nov. 27. Among the eye-catchers in the 6-page circular, which boasts "Lowest prices ever": *Xbox One Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Bundle with Fallout 4 and an extra controller for $300. Xbox One itself goes for $350 and those are both $60 games, so you can imagine these will be snapped up quickly from Dell. *Dell Inspiron 14-inch 3000 Series Laptop with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and Windows 10 will sell for $150. *An Inspiron 11-inch 2-in-1 laptop/tablet, regularly priced at $650 will sell for $300. Comes with 4GB of memory and 500GB of storage, plus Windows 10 Home. *Alienware 15 gaming computer, boasting an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of memory and 1TB hard drive, for $1200 -- $300 off the usual price. BFAds warns that some of the deals are offered in limited quantities and at staggered start times, so suggests that you register for an account on the Dell site ahead of time to improve your chances of cashing in on the best deals. BestBlackFriday.com says Black Friday officially starts on Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving, but really begins Nov. 1, when Amazon kicks off its "Countdown to Black Friday."
News Article | October 9, 2015
Dell Inc. has filed confidentially for an IPO for its SecureWorks cybersecurity unit, TechCrunch has confirmed. The IPO is anticipated to happen before the end of the year. First reported by the Wall Street Journal, SecureWorks could be valued at up to $2 billion. The report said that SecureWorks is working with Bank of America and Morgan Stanley to manage the IPO. Dell acquired SecureWorks for $612 million in 2011 for its security software and consulting businesses, in an effort to expand beyond its computer hardware focus. As part of the Jumpstart Our Business Act, companies with less than $1 billion in annual revenue are able to file confidentially for public offerings, revealing their financials just 21 days before the investor roadshow. Dell was taken private in 2013 after being bought out for about $25 billion by Michael Dell and private equity firm, Silver Lake. Texas-based Dell is also rumored to be in merger talks with EMC, the data storage company.
News Article | October 9, 2015
Dell Inc. has filed confidentially for an initial public offering of its cybersecurity unit, Dell SecureWorks Inc., as the personal-computer maker plots a dramatic reshaping of its businesses. The software and consulting firm, which Dell acquired in 2011, filed papers for the IPO over the summer and has been working with banks including Bank of America Corp. and Morgan Stanley and on the potential deal, according to people familiar...
News Article | October 7, 2015
Dell Inc. and EMC are in talks for what could be the largest tech merger of all time, according to a report this evening in The Wall Street Journal. The story suggests that Dell could purchase EMC Corp. EMC and then spin out its large data storage unit, although the first part of that would be a bit tricky given that Dell was taken private in late 2013 for just half of where EMC is currently valued ($25b vs. $50b). But let’s assume, just for now, that the financial pieces can be appropriately maneuvered. In that case, how did we not see this coming? Back in July, Dell director Egon Durban appeared at Fortune Brainstorm Tech in Aspen. He talked a lot about EMC’s “federation” business mode, and how Dell was thinking about adopting a similar strategy. “I think what [EMC CEO Joe] Tucci has done with VMWare is a good example of that, where you can take something that people don’t fully understand, buried in the portfolio, and unlock it while still having a partnership with the mothership,” said Durban, whose day job is as managing partner of private equity firm Silver Lake. Durban even added that while the company wasn’t “committed at this stage” to any particular transactions, possible candidates for being spun out included cybersecurity business SecureWorks and cloud integration software platform Boomi. What Durban was really saying, of course, was that Dell had been spending a lot of time analyzing EMC’s business model and its underlying businesses. Sometimes, familiarity breeds combinations. Particularly when there are so many complementary business units involved. Again, nobody in June thought to ask Durban about any sort of grand merger — likely because of that whopping 2x size differential. But if something between Dell and EMC comes to fruition, we know the first public breadcrumb was dropped months ago. We reached out to both Durban and Michael Dell after the WSJ report broke, but have not yet received any comment. Below is the full Fortune Brainstorm Tech interview with Durban: Get Term Sheet, our daily newsletter on deals & deal-makers.
News Article | January 27, 2015
The Advanced Malware Protection and Detection managed service debuts using both Dell and Lastline security technologies. As malware is becoming increasingly stealthy, there is a growing need for advanced tools to help enterprises uncover threats. That's the goal of the new Advanced Malware Protection and Detection (AMPD) managed security service from Dell SecureWorks , which leverages malware detection technology from Lastline . "AMPD is a combination of people, processes and technology," Chris Collard, Dell SecureWorks' product manager for AMPD, told eWEEK. The AMPD service combines full-system emulation sandboxing from Lastline with actionable, up-to-the-minute intelligence from Dell SecureWorks' Counter Threat Unit, according to Collard. In addition, AMPD includes the expertise of Dell SecureWorks security analysts and SecureWorks' MSS (Managed Security Services) technology to create a service that is totally managed and monitored, he added. Dell isn't the first company to integrate with Lastline. Lastline also has integrations with Blue Coat, Tripwire, Juniper and Barracuda."The platform we built is a software platform, and the components are very flexible," Engin Kirda, Lastline's co-founder and chief architect, told eWEEK.Each vendor integration depends on the vendor's own needs, according to Kirda. There is no "silver bullet" for security, he added, and integration is often the key to a comprehensive security platform. The Lastline platform provides a full-system emulation approach to detecting malware and potential breach risks. At the core of the platform, Lastline leverages the open-source QEMU (Quick EMUlator) emulator, which, according to Kirda, Lastline has heavily modified and extended. "Malware has become very evasive, so when you attempt to analyze it, the behavior can change," he said. "So our technology has full-system emulation that allows us to look deeper into malware execution and extract behaviors." Lastline's system also has a correlation engine that can provide context, pulling different security events together to provide a complete picture. For example, the system would understand that something was downloaded, which in turn led to an infection and then some kind of connection out to a botnet for command and control. Lastline's "secret sauce" isn't just the emulation technology, but rather the detection mechanisms that are used, according to Kirda. "In our case, since we have in-depth insight into the execution, we can create snapshots, we can look into the memory, look at how a file is opened and also look at other behaviors," he said. Kirda noted that Lastline has also taken a number of steps to reduce false-positive malware alerts. The Lastline system provides a color-coded approach to help users identify the severity of an issue. A blue alert might be generated for adware or a potential click fraud incident. A yellow alert indicates that there is some evidence that a particular item is bad, but the evidence is not 100 percent concrete. A red alert indicates that Lastline has concrete evidence that an item is in fact malicious and impactful. "The false-positive rate is really low, since in order for us to say that something is bad, we combine a lot of different things and we have a lot of evidence," Kirda said. Moving forward in 2015 and beyond, Kirda said the plan is to continue to improve the Lastline platform in a number of areas. Currently, his view is that Lastline is doing a decent job at detecting evasive malware, but it's not an exact science and Lastline will constantly work on newer and better detection methods. "For example, can we identify malicious domains automatically in a better way," he said. "Hopefully we'll have an even better product in a year." Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eWEEK and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.