Tech Roundup of the Week: Ford Focus EV, Flud, Legend3D, Sotera

12/19/11Follow @bvbigelow

Quest Software (NASDAQ: QSFT), the IT software provider on the border between San Diego and Orange Counties, said today it acquired BitKOO, a North Hollywood, CA-based specialist in identity and access management technology. Financial terms were not disclosed. Combined with the recent acquisitions of e-DMZ (privileged identity management), Völcker Informatik AG (provisioning), and Symlabs (virtual directories), Quest says the BitKOO deal extends the strength of its Quest One Identity Solutions business.

—San Jose, CA-based EnVerv, a chip design firm with a San Diego office, said it raised $12 million in a Series B round for its power line communications technologies, which enable electric utilities to use their own power lines to serve as a smart grid communications network. Benchmark Capital led the new round, which was joined by existing investors New Enterprise Associates and Walden International.

UC San Diego computer security researcher (and San Diego Xconomist) Stefan Savage talked with me about recent research into spam networks and hacking the automotive software used to control cars. Savage said he takes a more holistic approach to protecting computers and networks against malicious intruders. While a great deal of money and effort are devoted to technically “hardening” computer systems against spam, for example, Savage said the payment systems by which advertised goods and services accept consumer credit cards “is a huge weak link that has no cheap substitute.”

—Ford’s Dan Kapp came to San Diego to plug the carmaker’s new plug-in, the 2012 Focus EV. The electric vehicle will go on sale at San Diego Ford dealers during the first quarter of 2012. Ford said … Next Page »

Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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