Sourcefire acquires Immunet to move into cloud-based anti-malware arena

Sourcefire has announced the acquisition of Immunet, a provider of cloud-based anti-malware technologies.

The $21 (£13.5) million deal expands Sourcefire's security solutions portfolio by extending its real-time detection and prevention leadership to the cloud. Founded in July 2008, Immunet combines the collective intelligence of a growing user community, cloud computing, advanced data mining and machine learning technologies.

John Burris, CEO of Sourcefire, said: “Immunet is a disruptive innovator in delivering cloud-based security solutions with over 750,000 users in 192 countries. This acquisition enables Sourcefire to accelerate our cloud initiatives and provides significant value to customers by protecting them against advanced client-side attacks.

“Immunet's technologies build upon Sourcefire's reputation for providing customers with innovative solutions that protect them from the latest threats.”

Sourcefire will retain all full time Immunet personnel, including founders Oliver Friedrichs, Alfred Huger and Adam O'Donnell. Immunet employees will join Sourcefire within the Office of the CTO.

Friedrichs said: “Sourcefire is the perfect company to accelerate Immunet's path to market. Sourcefire secures organisations and individuals worldwide with advanced network security technology.”

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