Security firm Network Associates has announced a final agreement to purchase Entercept Security Technologies, a provider of intrusion protection technology, for $120m (£77m) in cash.
"This acquisition builds on our intrusion protection vision," said Sandra England, executive vice president of corporate development and strategic research at Network Associates.
"It is critical for customers to deploy security solutions that detect and stop attacks before damage is done."
Entercept provides host-based intrusion detection to shield servers, operating systems, databases and applications from security threats.
The company's products are designed to use a combination of behavioural rules and signatures to prevent both known and unknown attacks, rather than detecting and reporting an attack after it has occurred.
Lou Ryan, president and chief executive officer of Entercept Security Technologies, stated: "Network Associates' global presence and market leadership in the antvirus space will enable worldwide expansion of the Entercept solutions."
Network Associates said it expects to finalise the acquisition within the next 45 days.
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