In a deal worth $430m in cash, 3Com has acquired intrusion prevention company TippingPoint Technologies.
TippingPoint's product line-up will remain unchanged and the company will be run as a division of 3Com and retain its current chief executive, Kip McClanahan.
"Networking and security technologies are merging. As the market embraces the benefits of a converged networking infrastructure, there must be a shift from general purpose to purpose-built security solutions that are tightly integrated, performing at line speed and in real time," said McClanahan.
"Joining our network-based IPS solution with 3Com makes this convergence of networking and security a reality."
TippingPoint is of particular interest to 3Com as it has complementary technology to 3Com's voice over IP technology. This requires very fast data scanning to check against hackers without harming service quality.
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