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Cisco Shells Out for Intellishield

Cisco Systems Inc. made its latest foray into the security space Tuesday after the market closed, stumping up $14 million for CyberTrusts Intellishield network security service. (See Cisco to Buy Intellishield.)

The deal is the latest in a slew of security-related acquisitions by Cisco. In recent months, the networking giant has sunk its teeth into Fineground Networks, NetSift, and M.I. Secure Corp., underlining its commitment to locking down corporate networks. (See Cisco Chomps FineGround, Cisco Nets NetSift for $30M, and Cisco Buys Startup for $1.2M per Employee.)

For some time now, Cisco has been touting a strategy it describes as “self-defending networks.” Although this conjures up images of barbed wire and ninjas, the strategy is somewhat more prosaic. Instead of deploying a plethora of different security devices, Cisco is instead urging users to embed security into their networks and networking devices. (See Chambers Shouts About Security.)

The idea is that by focusing security resources on the network rather than in endpoint security devices, users are better equipped to cope with the rapidly changing demands of cyber security. (See Chambers Sells Self-Defending Networks.)

As part of this effort, Cisco is planning to roll CyberTrust’s Intellishield Alert Manager service into its MySDN security Website. Intellishield is a Web-based offering, which provides information to users on security threats and product vulnerabilities. The service is delivered via a Web portal, XML feeds, and email subscriptions.

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