Infoblox Acquires IID for $45M to Bolster Network Security
With the acquisition of IID, Infoblox's network security technologies are set to get a boost from threat intelligence.Network security vendor Infoblox is expanding its capabilities by way of a $45 million acquisition of privately held cyber-threat intelligence vendor IID. The deal will provide Infoblox with new security features that address the growing threat intelligence needs to help protect network security. Infoblox is what is known as a DDI—DNS (Domain Name System), DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) and IP address—vendor, helping organizations manage those core network services. In a call with press and analysts discussing the acquisition, Jesper Andersen, president and CEO of Infoblox, said that IID's technology will help his company differentiate itself from other DDI vendors. "This acquisition brings together IID's superior cyber-intelligence and our best-in-class network control infrastructure to provide customers with truly context-aware security and improved operational viability," Andersen said. The plan is for IID's technology to complement Infoblox's DDI products, providing better security that can detect malicious threats both inside and outside of an organization.
The Infoblox portfolio currently includes a hardened DNS appliance that does not overlap with IID's technology. In addition, Infoblox has a DNS Firewall, which includes a continuous feed of threat intelligence that can be used to help protect against malicious DNS queries and block bad traffic. The plan is to make use of the IID threat feeds to enable the next generation of Infoblox's DNS Firewall.