Hewlett-Packard Partners with Cybersecurity’s FireEye

Several partnerships announced Tuesday between nimble next-generation cybersecurity companies and tech giant Hewlett-Packard are seen as examples of a coming wave of alliances as big data companies try to beef up their security.

An alliance between Milpitas-based FireEye and HP is likely to be followed by more partnerships between large tech companies and smaller, advanced network security companies, said tech analyst Daniel Ives of FBR Capital Markets.

Non-tech companies are shopping for more protection, too.

On Tuesday, HP described three new alliances as beefing up a "new school" cyberdefense, which it says emphasizes protecting interactions between users, applications and data, rather than the "old school" practice of securing the perimeter, in which data flows were restricted in the interests of security.

The two other alliances announced by HP were cloud security partnerships with Los Angeles-based Securonix, which specializes in insider threat management, and Adallom, a cloud security firm based in Palo Alto with research headquarters in Israel.

The cybersecurity partnerships were announced on a big stage Tuesday -- the RSA Conference in San Francisco, where the interest in security has been heightened by the big name network attacks of the past two years on such firms as Sony, Target, JPMorgan Chase, Anthem and Home Depot.

The conference has 500 exhibitors this year, compared with 400 last year, according to Linda Gray, conference general manager. "It's really busy," she said.

HP's agreement with FireEye "is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of these types of partnerships," said FBR Capital's Ives, who was attending the RSA Conference at Moscone Center.

"There's a finite group of companies that has this next-generation advanced security technology, and FireEye is one of them," he said.

"You're seeing CEOs and government officials here with their checkbooks out," he said.

FireEye is one of a handful of next-generation cybersecurity firms that offer advanced threat detection and...

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