Credant Technologies

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Credant Technologies
Company typePrivate, acquired by Dell
IndustryInformation Technology
FounderBob Heard
Chris Burchett
Andrew Kahl
HeadquartersAddison, Texas
Key people
Bob Heard: CEO
David Becker: CFO
Chris Burchett: CTO
Andrew Kahl: 'Sr.VP Operations[1]
ProductsMobile Guardian, Policy Proxy, Self-encrypting drives, Compliance Reporter, BitLocker manager

Credant Technologies was a company formerly located in Addison, Texas that offered products and services for data security. The company was founded in 2001 by Bob Heard, Chris Burchett and Andrew Kahl.[1] The company claims that their products protect two million end-points in several industries, such as universities, health-care, aeronautical, financial[2][3] and government/defense.[4]


The company offers a range of products to protect data from "leaking". Several different versions of the main technology can be used on different locations in the network: via a "policy proxy" on the border between the LAN and the internet or in the DMZ, or a central "enterprise server" within the network. Also editions for Exchange servers and domain controllers are available. Other products are self-encrypting drivers that will encrypt all data on that drive without any additional requirements on the client or from the user, BitLocker management systems, Policy Reporting tools.[5]

Acquisition by Dell[edit]

On 18 December 2012, Dell announced that it has reached agreement with Credant that it would acquire the company.[3][6] Prior to the acquisition Dell was already a technology partner of Credant.[7]

Dell has bought 16 companies over the past 4 years,[8] several of them directly or indirectly in the field of data-security. A major step in the field of security services was made by Dell at the start of 2011 when they acquired SecureWorks[9] and in 2012 with the acquisition of SonicWall, best known for their firewalls and Intrusion Detection and Prevention appliances. But also other companies Dell bought over the past years offer products and services for security, including Perot Systems and Quest Software. With the acquisition of Credant Dell gambles on a continuation of the strong growth in security services.[10]


  1. ^ a b Credent website: Management team, visited 26 December 2012
  2. ^ Company website: Case studies Archived 2013-01-16 at the Wayback Machine, visited: 26 December 2012
  3. ^ a b Dell press-release: Dell reaches agreement for acquiring Credant Technologies Archived 2013-01-02 at the Wayback Machine, 18 December 2012. Visited: 26 December 2012
  4. ^ Credent wins contract with Department of Defense Archived 2013-02-03 at the Wayback Machine, 17 March 2012. Visited: 26 December 2012
  5. ^ Credant product overview Archived 2012-12-20 at the Wayback Machine, visited 26 December 2012
  6. ^ Texas TechPulse Dell completes Credant Technologies buy, 20 December 2012. Visited: 26 December 2012
  7. ^ Credant Website: Technology Partners Archived 2012-12-23 at the Wayback Machine, visited: 26 December 2012
  8. ^ 6 Dell storylines to watch in 2013 Archived 2013-01-16 at the Wayback Machine, 20 December 2012. Visited: 26 December 2012
  9. ^ Dell press-release: Dell to acquire SecureWorks Archived 2013-01-03 at the Wayback Machine, visited 26 December 2012
  10. ^ Tech Week: Dell To Splash On Security Again With Credant Deal, 19 December 2012. Visited: 26 December 2012