Monday, October 26, 2009

Cisco to Acquire ScanSafe for SaaS-based Security

Cisco agreed to acquire privately held ScanSafe, a provider of software-as- a-service (SaaS) Web security solutions, approximately $183 million in cash and retention-based incentives.

Based in London and San Francisco, ScanSafe offers Web security via a SaaS model. Its Web Security offering combines Web filtering with a proprietary "Outbreak Intelligence" engine that uses dynamic, reputation and behavior based analysis to identify and block zero-day threats. Its Web Filtering service enables customers to define what content is permitted to enter their network, as well as what information can leave. ScanSafe also provides an inbound and outbound email filtering and security service.

Cisco said the acquisition builds on its earlier acquisition of IronPort. The acquisition brings together the Cisco IronPort high-performance Web security appliance and ScanSafe's SaaS Web security service. This combination will expand Cisco's security portfolio to offer on-premise, hosted, and hybrid-hosted Web security solutions.

ScanSafe's service will be integrated with Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client, the newest virtual private network (VPN) product from Cisco, to provide a secure mobility solution. In addition, ScanSafe's global network of carrier-grade data centers and multi-tenant architecture will further enhance Cisco's ability to provide new cloud-security services for customers anywhere in the world.


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