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Jul. 15, 2005 05:15 PM
Mountain View, CA-based VeriSign, Inc. has acquired Reston, VA-based security intelligence firm iDefense for approximately $40 million in cash. iDefense specializes in providing actionable intelligence regarding network-based security threats and vulnerabilities to the world’s largest financial services firms, government agencies, retailers and other large enterprises.
“Network perimeters are expanding to include customers,
partners and remote employees, so enterprises must leverage the most
advanced security intelligence to protect customer data and corporate
assets,” said Judy Lin, executive vice president and general manager,
VeriSign Security Services. “This acquisition expands the
VeriSign suite of
The addition of iDefense augments the comprehensive
VeriSign Managed Security Services (MSS) offering and represents an
expansion of the company’s ability to monitor and assess security threats
in real time, the company says. VeriSign will retain iDefense's employees, it says, and iDefense
will assume the VeriSign name but continue to market products with the iDefense brand.
“We are pleased that iDefense has joined the VeriSign family, and we look forward to providing customers of both companies with our combined value and strength,” said John Watters, iDefense's CEO. “Our intelligence-gathering capabilities, coupled with the unique intelligence VeriSign already gathers from its MSS business and operation of core Internet technologies, will enable us to provide more comprehensive, actionable intelligence to our customers before attacks strike.” Watters will continue to lead the VeriSign iDefense Research team.
The acquisition is being accounted for as a purchase
transaction and has been approved by the boards of directors of both
companies. Revenue and earnings contribution from the acquisition will
not be material to the company’s 2005 financial results, Verisign says.
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