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F5 Acquires Web Security Firm

F5 Networks on Tuesday bolstered its stake in the security market by acquiring MagniFire WebSystems and creating a new security business unit.

The Seattle-based application traffic management company agreed to acquire MagniFire, a Web application firewall vendor, in a $29 million cash transaction. The deal was signed and closed May 31, according to F5.

MagniFire's TrafficShield security appliance combines application-layer filtering with encryption technology to help protect against network attacks that can circumvent perimeter defenses.

F5 also said it launched a security-focused business unit under the leadership of Jeff Pancottine, general manager of the company.

Dan Matte, vice president of product management and marketing at F5, was promoted to assume Pancottine's former role as senior vice president of marketing.

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