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December 07, 2009

Cisco Completes Acquisition of ScanSafe

By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Cisco has announced the completion of the purchase of London and San Francisco-based ScanSafe Inc. This software-as-a-service Web security solutions provider caters to organizations that range from global enterprises to small businesses.

With this acquisition, Cisco (News - Alert) is building on its successful gain of the on-premise content security provider IronPort, company officials said. This latest transaction brought together the Cisco IronPort high-performance Web Security Appliance and ScanSafe’s (News - Alert) SaaS Web security service in order to create superior on-premise, hosted and hybrid-hosted Web security solutions.

With this combination of Cisco and ScanSafe, customer companies can expect to enjoy better protection from threats, while flexible delivery options will enhance Cisco’s ability to protect the borderless network. Organizations are increasingly depending on Web 2.0 and mobility technologies to collaborate and conduct business, creating increasing demand for solutions such those offered by Cisco and ScanSafe.

The offerings from ScanSafe will be fully integrated with Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client to deliver a secure mobility solution to current and prospective clients. At the same time, ScanSafe’s global network global network of carrier-grade data centers and multi-tenant architecture are expected to further enhance Cisco’s ability to provide new cloud-security services for customers throughout the world.

With the close of the acquisition, the ScanSafe team becomes part of Cisco’s Security Technology Business Unit, reporting to Tom Gillis, vice president and general manager.
Last week, Cisco announced that it is working with its professional services partner The Frame Group to help the Melbourne airport modernize and digitize its operations. Cisco business video and mobility technology and will also aid in the airport’s objective to make travelling seamless and efficient for both airlines and passengers.
In a recently released Group Enterprise Telephony Quarterly Report, Dell’Oro Group reported that the Unified Communications (News - Alert) market grew in the third quarter of 2009. More than 70 percent of the reported vendors contributed to the market’s quarterly growth. The top two Unified Communications vendors, Avaya and Cisco, have each posted double digit revenue gains over the second quarter of 2009.

This latest acquisition announcement will only help to further Cisco initiatives in the global market as the company continues to push its dominance through proactive product development and implementation. This acquisition of ScanSafe ensures Cisco has the technology and reach it needs without re-inventing the wheel.

Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for To read more of Susan’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Erin Harrison

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