Cisco will pay $830 million in cash and stock for IronPort
IronPort's technology will be incorporated into Cisco's products for threat mitigation, data-leak prevention, security policy control, and network access and control management, according to a statement from Cisco.
The statement said Cisco expects the acquisition will not materially affect its 2007 earnings.
In addition to its email security appliances -- which IronPort literature claims are used by more than 20% of the world's largest companies and eight of the 10 largest Internet service providers -- the company makes Web security devices that are designed to scan file signatures and filter out spyware. Its security management appliances combine email and Web security devices, and provide a management tool through which the products can be monitored, administered and integrated with other security systems.