Sourcefire acquired Immunet to add that latter's cloud-based security technology to the Sourcefire tool belt.
Sourcefire has acquired anti-malware vendor Immunet to build out its cloud-based
The deal, completed for $21 million, combines Sourcefire's intrusion-prevention
technology with Immunet's cloud approach. According to Sourcefire, the buy
immediately allows the company to provide endpoint protection from client-side
attacks, and enables the company to use a mix of reputation services, data loss
prevention and forensics to tighten security.
"Immunet is a disruptive innovator in delivering cloud-based security
solutions with over 750,000 users in 192 countries," said John Burris, CEO
of Sourcefire, in a statement. "This acquisition enables Sourcefire to
accelerate our cloud
initiatives and provides
significant value to customers by protecting them
against advanced client-side attacks. Immunet's technologies build upon
Sourcefire's reputation for providing customers with innovative solutions that
protect them from the latest threats."
The buy is the second security acquisition to make the news this week. Jan.
4, Dell announced it had signed an agreement to acquire managed
security services provider SecureWorks.
According to Sourcefire, Immunet founders Oliver Friedrichs, Alfred Huger
and Adam O'Donnell will all stay on, as will all full-time Immunet employees.
In a blog post, Friedrichs wrote that the acquisition will allow Immunet to
continue developing technology "with a large amount of autonomy," while
allowing it to take advantage of the millions of users that rely on
Sourcefire's products today.
"Sourcefire is a great match for us from a
technological, cultural, and philosophical standpoint-that was one of the
reasons this acquisition made so much sense," Freidrich's blogged
. "They are a well-respected
company with deep roots in security [and] solid products, such as Snort, the
most well known network Intrusion Prevention System on the market today."