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Cisco acquires security firm Cognitive Security for threat intelligence

30 Jan 2013
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Cisco has agreed to acquire antimalware specialist Cognitive Security in an effort to beef up its security platforms.

Based out of the Czech Republic, Cognitive Security uses behaviour-based analytics to detect malware. The company's products include network monitoring tools and security detection services.

Cisco said that following the close of the acquisition it will be integrating Cognitive Security's products into its Security Technology Group. The company said that it will continue to operate Cognitive out of its Czech headquarters.

"Cisco's security vision is to provide always on, integrated security to empower customers to realize the benefits of a mobile, cloud-enabled business," said Cisco head of corporate business development Hilton Romanski.

"Cisco's cloud-based global threat intelligence and Cognitive Security's real-time behavioural analytics, will integrate to a common policy engine that controls distributed network enforcement in an intelligent network and mitigates advanced cyber threats."

The company said that it expects the deal to close in the third quarter of the year.

Behaviour-based detection and hueristics platforms have risen in popularity in recent years as new malware samples have grown. Polymorphic malware platforms have sought to evade traditional signature-based anti-malware tools by altering code.

The deal is the first acquisition from Cisco on the year. Last year, the company bolstered its holdings by acquiring NDS Technologies for $5bn and Carident Technologies for $140m.

More recently, however, the company sold off one of its holdings when it agreed to hand its Linksys business unit over to Belkin.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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