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Cisco Swallows Securent for $100M

Cisco threw down $100 million in cash to acquire privately held database security startup Securent earlier today.

The deal, which will be Cisco's 125th acquisition, will see Securent's core technology extend into other parts of the networking vendor's product line, according to Joe Burton, CTO of unified communications at Cisco.

"We will keep selling their product as it is [but] we really see the possibility of growing Securent into something bigger and richer," he says, explaining that this could encompass security for voice and instant messaging applications.

Securent's flagship product is its Entitlement Management Solution (EMS), which uses SQL agents to intercept requests for data from users before they reach the Oracle databases and Microsoft Sharepoint servers.

EMS can then either deny or allow access to the data according to the security policies put in place by each organization.

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