Cisco Gets ScanSafe SaaS Security

October was a big month for Cisco Systems during which it
announced no less than four proposed acquisitions. Among them was the $183 million
bid
for software-as-a-service security vendor ScanSafe.

Today, just over a month later, Cisco has announced that it has closed
the ScanSafe deal.

ScanSafe will now become part of Cisco’s Security Technology Business
Unit (STBU), which is also home to Cisco’s IronPort e-mail security
division.
With ScanSafe, Cisco aims to expand its Web-based security portfolio by
leveraging ScanSafe’s Anywhere+
SaaS service
that provides malware protection and policy usage
enforcement on users’ laptops.

ScanSafe also offers Web-filtering technology that includes a
URL-filtering database and filetype filters to protect users from Web-based
threats.

SaaS and cloud-based security has been a big thrust for Cisco in 2009
with multiple announcements, including a new Ironport
cloud security service for e-mail
.

The plan is for the ScanSafe technology to be integrated with Cisco’s AnyConnect VPN
Client
in an effort to help customers further secure mobile VPNs.

As a privately held company, ScanSafe didn’t require Cisco to get the
same approvals that it has needed to close several other pending deals. On
Oct. 1, Cisco announced its intention to purchase video conferencing vendor
Tandberg
for $3 billion
. That deal required Cisco to have the approval of 90
percent of Tandberg’s shareholders, which was a sticking point that added an
additional $400 million to the bid and has extended the deadline for closure several times.

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