Sophos has formed a technology partnership with anti-spyware software vendor Webroot. The deal is being pitched as an attempt to provide a "heightened level of protection against some of the most serious internet security threats". The new series of Webroot software will combine Sophos's anti-virus technology with Webroot's anti-spyware software, Spy Sweeper, to produce a single package. The, as yet unnamed, software is planned to go on sale by the end of this year.

- A merger between core security event management firm ExaProtect and security policy management solutions provider Solsoft has been announced. From now on, ExaProtect will integrate Solsoft technology into its solutions to provide clients with a single, secrity dashboard.

- Onigma, a privately held data protection solutions provider, has been bought by McAfee for $20 million (£10.7 million) cash. The move provides McAfee with additional facilities and resources, which, according to Christopher Bolin, McAfee's chief technology officer and executive vice-president, will ensure that their customers receive "robust protection" against risks, especially those associated with the misplacement of confidential information.

Its latest release, McAfee Data Loss Prevention, has been designed to fulfil these criteria. It is a host-based solution that incorporates various features from Onigma's content-based data loss prevention (DLP) product.

Meanwhile, McAfee has announced a new security risk management strategy to help enterprises minimise risks from security threats and non-compliance.

This follows McAfee's acquisition of Preventsys and SiteAdvisor, which it says will allow it to integrate threat prevention with remediation, network access control and data loss prevention.

- Authentication technology developer CRYPTOCard has formed a partnership with network database security company Pyn Logic. The deal means that the two can offer a new package consisting of CRYPTOCard's two-factor authentication tokens combined with Pyn Logic's Enzo security system. The new partners claim the technology agreement will allow customers to implement a highly granular access control framework on all of their databases.