Cisco to Acquire ThreatGrid Security

ThreatGrid provides dynamic malware analysis and threat intelligence, both on the premises and in the cloud, Cisco says.

Mitch Wagner, Executive Editor, Light Reading

May 21, 2014

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Cisco to Acquire ThreatGrid Security

SAN FRANCISCO - CiscoLive -- Cisco is beefing up its security portfolio. It plans to acquire ThreatGrid, which provides dynamic malware analysis and threat intelligence technology.

Hilton Romanski, Cisco business development head, wrote in a company blog post this morning:

  • Today, I am pleased to announce Cisco's intent to acquire ThreatGRID, headquartered in New York, NY. ThreatGRID offers dynamic malware analysis and threat intelligence technology, both on-premise and in thecloud. This helps organizations and security teams defend proactively against and quickly respond to advanced cyber attacks and malware outbreaks.

ThreadGrid technology would enhance Cisco's Advanced Malware Protection (AMP), originally developed by Sourcefire, which the company acquired last year. Romanski wrote that ThreatGrid's on-premises product will help Cisco customers with in-house data retention requirements. (See Cisco Banks on Sourcefire & Snort for Security.)

AMP provides malware detection and blocking, as well as "continuous analysis and retrospective remdiation of advanced threats," he wrote.

Cisco expects to close the acquisition in the fourth quarter. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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About the Author(s)

Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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