Wednesday, July 5, 2006

Cisco to Acquire Meetinghouse for 802.1X Security Software

Cisco Systems agreed to acquire privately-held Meetinghouse Data Communications, a supplier of client-side 802.1X supplicant security software, for approximately $43.7 million in cash and assumed options for Meetinghouse.

The Meetinghouse security software allows enterprise customers to restrict network access to only authorized users and/or host devices attempting to gain access to networked resources through both wired and wireless media. When integrated with Cisco's existing security portfolio, Meetinghouse's AEGIS SecureConnect products will enable Cisco to provide a single unified wired and wireless client to enterprise customers that will help them reduce operational costs by simplifying the security management of a broad array of host devices and operating systems.

Meetinghouse was founded in 1988 and has 77 employees in Portsmouth, NH.

  • Meetinghouse was founded by Dr. Paul Goransson founded in 1988. He also co-founded Qosnetics in 1996. Dr. Goransson served as president of both corporations until the 1999 acquisition of Qosnetics by Hewlett Packard at which point he held a senior management role within HP and then its subsidiary Agilent Technologies.

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