1A Look Back at the 7 Top Security Acquisitions of 2009
2McAfee Buys MX Logic
3Trend Micro Grabs Third Brigade
4Cisco Takes ScanSafe
5VeriSign Sells Security to AT&T and SecureWorks
VeriSign sold its managed security services business to SecureWorks earlier this year, and then followed that up by selling its security consulting business to AT&T in October. “(VeriSign’s) intent to focus on its ‘core business’ feeds into the consolidation trend among [managed security service providers], particularly SecureWorks, who is one of the few remaining pure plays with such a broad portfolio,” opined Scott Crawford, an analyst with Enterprise Management Associates.
6IBM Buys Guardium
This purchase brought Guardium’s database security technologies into IBM’s portfolio. According to IBM, the acquisition was the 28th purchase IBM has made as part of its Information Management strategy, and was aimed at bringing a new level of real-time enterprise database monitoring and data protection to IBM.
7Rapid7 Buys Metasploit Project
8M86 Acquires Finjan
The deal is the latest in a string of acquisitions and mergers by the M86. Formed last year by the merger of Marshal and 8e6 Technologies and later renamed M86 Security in September, the company also acquired Avinti in April for its behavioral-based detection technology. Buying Finjan brought that company’s enterprise-class secure gateway and software-as-a-service business into the M86 fold.