Cisco's Security Spree Continues

Today Cisco Systems Inc. announced a $39 million deal to acquire Riverhead Networks, which specializes in combating distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks like the Mydoom virus. These can wreak havoc on network and data center resources.

The deal reflects a flurry of activity in the specialized security market, where Cisco and other router vendors have made several moves. Cisco's rival in the IP router space, Juniper Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR), has also taken an interest in security, having recently anted up $4 billion for NetScreen Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: NSCN) (see Juniper Buys NetScreen). Cisco itself has focused on a series of smaller deals that IT managers hope will result in better security, given Cisco's influential role in data networking.

Industry observers had originally speculated that Cisco was in the market for acquiring Arbor Networks Inc., which is one of Riverhead’s main competitors (see Will Cisco Buy Arbor Next?).

Riverhead’s products protect online operations from DDOS attacks by detecting and blocking malicious traffic without impinging on legitimate business transactions.

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— James Rogers, Site Editor, Next-gen Data Center Forum

TriteReading 12/5/2012 | 2:11:46 AM
re: Cisco's Security Spree Continues Rumour has it they've been sniffing around Fortinet too.
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