Cisco buying cloud security pioneer, ScanSafe

Cisco has reached an agreement to buy ScanSafe, Inc., the first company to offer cloud computing based scanning for Web malware.

Tom Gillis, GM of Cisco’s Security Technology Business Unit (STBU), said the acquisition fits in with “our vision to build a borderless network security architecture that combines network and cloud-based services for advanced security enforcement.”

ScanSafe is a natural partner to another one of Cisco’s acquisitions, IronPort, which provides security appliances that are most often used to protect email and Web traffic entering an organization’s internal networks. IronPort was acquired in January 2007.

Cisco plans to integrate ScanSafe’s Sofware-as-a-Service architecture with the AnyConnect VPN Client. The price was $183 in cash and deferred incentives.

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