Cisco to acquire security firm Cognitive Security

30 Jan 2013

Computer-networking equipment maker Cisco is to acquire security company Cognitive Security to enhance its network security platform in the face of mobility and cloud computing technologies.

Headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic, Cognitive Security takes research in network security and applies artificial intelligence techniques to detect advanced cyber threats.

“Mobility and cloud are drastically changing the IT security landscape, where traditional security approaches aren’t enough to protect customers against an evolving threat landscape,” Hilton Romanski, Cisco vice-president, head of corporate business development, wrote on the Cisco Blog.

“Today’s threats are more targeted, complex, and disruptive than ever before. Cognitive Security’s technology identifies and detects security anomalies, and when coupled with the network for mitigation, allows Cisco to uniquely address our customers’ security requirements.”

Under the deal, Cognitive Security’s employees will join Cisco’s Security Technology Group.

The acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter of Cisco’s fiscal year 2013, subject to customary closing conditions.

Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic