- Cisco Systems is to acquire security appliance vendor IronPort Systems in an $830 million (£421 million) cash and stock deal. IronPort builds e-mail, web, and security management appliances, which Cisco, led by CEO John Chambers, plans to use as part of its Self-Defending Network framework, according to the company. The deal is expected to close in April.

US-based IronPort was founded in 2000 and has 408 employees. The company bought e-mail encryption firm PostX last year, and also announced a partnership deal with anti-spyware firm Webroot.



- Cyber-Ark Software has announced a slew of partnerships.The company has signed up managed security service provider Vistorm, Evolution, Bulwark Systems, SurFin Security, Omegapoint, Nexus and ISC. Cyber-Ark says its customer base has doubled and revenues have increased three-fold over the past six months. Clients include BT, Orange AstraZeneca and Motorola.


- Websense has closed the acquisition of PortAuthority Technologies, a information-leak prevention software provider. Originally announced in December, this heralds a strategic move away from classic filtering technologies for Websense. The company says that the PortAuthority team and product portfolio are now integrated into Websense's sales, marketing and product development organisations.


- Government security-contractor LogicaCMG has entered into a partnership with SecureWave SA, a provider of endpoint security solutions. The deal will allow LogicaCMG to offer SecureWave's Sanctuary 4.0 software, a whitelist application and device control, to government organisations. LogicaCMG is responsible for the security accreditation of the Defence Information Infrastructure (Future), the largest Ministry of Defence programme of its kind.