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OpenText Exec on What the Micro Focus Buy Means for Security

Prentiss Donohue on Bringing Application, Data, Identity Security Together Via M&A
Prentiss Donohue, executive vice president, cybersecurity, OpenText (Image: OpenText)

OpenText acquired several cybersecurity companies in recent years to protect sensitive information and data everywhere from consumer to large enterprise environments, said Executive Vice President Prentiss Donohue.

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The $5.8 billion purchase of Micro Focus in January shored up OpenText's offerings around application security, data security, identity management and security operations, adding new capabilities for both big and small businesses. The Toronto-area company has taken advantage of Micro Focus' technology to bring more identity protection and data security capabilities to existing banking and government clients (see: OpenText: Road to Smarter Information Management, Security).

"Every CISO we talk to is thinking through not just external threat risks but also their internal liabilities," Donohue said. "We're working on building models to not just anticipate the risks but help provide these CISOs with the ability to turn on security levels based on changing risk and to turn on compliance levels based on where new data or information may be coming into their environment."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Donohue also discussed:

  • How cyber complements OpenText's focus on information management;
  • How to bring OpenText's SMB and enterprise security tools together;
  • What differentiates OpenText's approach to application and data security.

Donohue has spent the last three years building OpenText's Cybersecurity business, which includes the acquisitions of Micro Focus, Zix, Carbonite, Webroot, BrightCloud and Hightail. His previous executive roles at OpenText include leading the partners and alliances organization and the professional and managed services businesses and driving strategic acquisitions. Prior to joining OpenText, Donohue spent six years driving Oracle's software, systems and cloud services business in both the direct and indirect channels. He previously worked at Sun Microsystems for 12 years in various leadership roles.

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Michael Novinson

Michael Novinson

Managing Editor, Business, ISMG

Novinson is responsible for covering the vendor and technology landscape. Prior to joining ISMG, he spent four and a half years covering all the major cybersecurity vendors at CRN, with a focus on their programs and offerings for IT service providers. He was recognized for his breaking news coverage of the August 2019 coordinated ransomware attack against local governments in Texas as well as for his continued reporting around the SolarWinds hack in late 2020 and early 2021.

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