- 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.

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- 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.

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- 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.

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- 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.

www.securewave.com.

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