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Cisco buys malware-protection software firm ThreatGRID

Cisco (CSCO +1.1%) is buying ThreatGRID, a developer of malware-protection and threat-intelligence software (both on-premise and cloud-based). Terms are undisclosed.

ThreatGrid also provides an on-premise hardware appliance for makware analysis, and multiple analytics tools for studying security threats. Cisco states the company's offerings will strengthen its Advanced Malware Protection portfolio, acquired last year through the Sourcefire deal.

SecurityCurrent's Richard Stiennon argues ThreatGrid's sandboxing technology for dealing with malware threats fills "an important gap" in Cisco's product line, given rivals such as Palo Alto Networks, Fortinet, and FireEye already have sandbox solutions.

Cisco is counting on M&A and new services to halt recent security share losses to smaller rivals. A new managed threat defense service was launched last month.

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  • Esekla
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    This is a small step forward, but really just a band-aid for the Heartbleed vulnerability which I documented as affecting Cisco particularly broadly. It would be far better for such companies to learn to work constructively with the Open Source products that they benefit from.
    21 May 2014, 11:07 AM Reply Like
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