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By Kelly Jackson Higgins
Jan 05, 2011
IPS maker Sourcefire today made its first official move to the cloud
with the $21 million acquisition of cloud-based anti-malware startup
The publicly held Sourcefire says the deal not only expands its
real-time detection to the cloud, but also adds to its portfolio
endpoint protection from advanced persistent threats and other forms of
client-side attacks. "IPS captures [these attacks] once they are there,
so combining the two technologies felt like a natural fit," says Greg
Fitzgerald, senior vice president of marketing at Sourcefire.
It has been a big week for acquisitions in security. Sourcefire's
purchase of Immunet follows Dell's Tuesday purchase of managed security
services provider SecureWorks. "One reason this acquisition is
interesting is that it is another strong sign of the acceleration in
security market consolidation. There have been two acquisitions this
week alone, and I'm sure we can expect more acquisition and merger
announcements as [the] RSA [Conference] approaches," says Andrew Storms,
director of security operations at nCircle.
Immunet, which has 750,000 users worldwide, launched two years ago with
a new model of inoculating an entire community of users when one member
is infected with a new piece of malware. The cloud-based approach since
has been catching on even among some traditional AV firms given the
heavy footprint of desktop AV and the infections missed by some of these
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