Security Provider Arxan Buys Apperian for Mobile Expertise

Arxan is adding much-needed mobile security management capabilities. Apperian's platform provides granular security and policy controls at the application level.

Arxan Technologies, a provider of application attack prevention and self-protection software, on Jan. 11 announced the acquisition of Apperian, which makes mobile application management and security software.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed by either company.

Arxan is adding much-needed mobile security management capabilities. Apperian's platform provides granular security and policy controls at the individual application level for deployments in the enterprise and in supply chains where traditional mobile device management-based approaches are not possible or desired. These instances include such factors as BYOD, contract workers and other unmanaged devices.

Its platform has enabled more than 2.5 million enterprise app installations and earned 12 granted and pending patents. Apperian claims that its contracted user base has grown by more than 180 percent in the last 24 months.

Apperian to Operate as Subsidiary

Apperian will continue to operate as a subsidiary of Arxan and will be led by longtime Apperian executive Mark Lorion, who will become president and general manager for Apperian.

Apperian was founded in 2009 and backed by investors Bessemer Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, North Bridge Venture Partners and Converge Venture Partners. The company has become one of the mobility industry's key platforms for securely distributing enterprise mobile apps and has been listed as a representative vendor in the Gartner Market Guide for Mobile Application Management.

"Companies that simply want to manage apps, app licenses and operate a branded app store are well-served with stand-alone MAM tools," Gartner has reported. "These tools are also a fit for large populations of non-employees (like contractors) for whom the organization cannot insist upon installation of an MDM profile.”

San Francisco-based Arxan claims that its patented IT defends applications against attacks, detects attempted attacks at runtime and deters attacks by stopping, alerting or repairing detected attacks. Arxan software runs on mobile devices, desktops, servers, and embedded platforms, including those connected as part of the Internet of Things (IoT).

Mobile Expertise Welcome at Arxan

With the majority of Arxan customers also having enterprise mobile apps, the company contends that its users will benefit from easy access to Apperian's products to securely deploy those apps to all potential users–whether or not those users are using MDM-enrolled devices.

"We share an app-centric philosophy with Arxan and believe that mobile apps should be protected so that they can be safely distributed to any user leveraging any device," Lorion said. "Enterprises are realizing the significant benefits of applying security and management at the app-level to maximize the secure adoption and reach of their mobile apps."

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