Cisco Acquires Malware Analysis Firm

Cisco has acquired malware analysis firm ThreatGRID, making the announcement at this week’s Cisco Live event in San Francisco, though no financial terms were disclosed.

ThreatGRID, a New York company, provides malware analysis and threat intelligence technology both on-premise and in the cloud. Cisco says the acquisition will strengthen its security strategy for the future, adding that mergers and acquisitions are a key part of the company’s advances.

Here’s the word from Cisco’s Hilton Romanski on the new purchase:

ThreatGRID’s technology enhances Cisco’s 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.

Just recently Cisco’s routers were thrown into danger when it was revealed that they were quite vulnerable to Heartbleed. The company appears to be looking at new avenues in its acquisitions to address some of the shortcomings it previously had.