Cisco announced this morning they will be acquiring ThreatGRID. ThreatGRID combines advanced malware analysis with deep threat analytics and content that is used to defend attacks and prevent malware outbreaks. Cisco originally got into the security research market back in 2007 with the acquisition of IronPort, which included a security research division now known as the Security Intelligence Operations aka SIO. Cisco enhanced this research team with the recent acquisition of SourceFire that includes open source projects such as SNORT, ClamAV, etc. ThreatGRID will provide even more research and development around identifying advanced threats as well as compliment SourceFire’s malware detection component known as fireAMP. ThreatGRID’s appliances and cloud offerings should improve the overall security vision of preventing attacks before, during and after they happen.
Here is a summary of the announcement originally found HERE.
For cyber attackers, and those who defend against them, the stakes could not be higher than they are right now. There’s no question that security is a top priority for organizations and the threat landscape is more dynamic than ever. Given the explosion in the amount of information being created and exchanged, driven by mobility, cloud computing, and the Internet of Everything (IoE), the number of cyber attacks will continue to increase—and with greater speed and complexity. Companies need threat-centric security solutions to address the full attack continuum – before, during, and after an attack.
Today, I am pleased to announce Cisco’s intent to acquire ThreatGRID, headquartered in New York, NY. ThreatGRID offers dynamic malware analysis and threat intelligence technology, both on-premise and in the cloud. This helps organizations and security teams defend proactively against and quickly respond to advanced cyber attacks and malware outbreaks.
The acquisition of ThreatGRID and its team of security innovators strengthen Cisco’s security strategy to deliver intelligent and comprehensive cybersecurity for the real world. ThreatGRID’s technology enhances Cisco’s href=”http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/solutions/enterprise-networks/advanced-malware-protection/index.html”>Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) portfolio, originally developed by Sourcefire, acquired in 2013. ThreatGRID’s on-premise products also expand our ability to help protect customers with in-house data retention requirements. AMP addresses our customers’ security needs from network to endpoint and delivers comprehensive malware-defeating capabilities, including detection and blocking, continuous analysis and retrospective remediation of advanced threats. The combination of Cisco and ThreatGRID will enhance our already strong capabilities to aggregate and correlate data to identify advanced and evasive cyber threats and provide intelligent cybersecurity solutions for the real world.
Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and investments are a key part of our innovation strategy that includes build, buy, partner, and integrate. This acquisition further supports Cisco’s priority to deliver innovative security offerings and to be the number one IT company, and security partner, to our customers. The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014. We are very excited to welcome ThreatGRID’s outstanding team and technology to Cisco.