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Cisco Adds To Security Offerings With Perfigo Purchase

WAYNE, N.J. — Cisco Systems is expanding its family of network security offerings through the purchase of privately held Perfigo, Inc., a developer of packaged network access control solutions.

Perfigo's CleanMachines is a "shrink-wrapped" network admission control solution that recognizes users, their devices and roles. The system also evaluates the security posture of the endpoint, scans for vulnerabilities and enforces network policies.

Under terms of the agreement, Cisco will pay approximately $74 million in cash for Perfigo. Cisco has also licensed Perfigo's CleanMachines solution and will make it available to customers this month.

Cisco expects to Perfigo acquisition to be completed in the second quarter of 2005. Once completed, the Perfigo team will be integrated into Cisco's Security Technology Group.