Security

McAfee to buy network security biz Stonesoft for $389M cash

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Security heavyweight McAfee has agreed to acquire network firewall business Stonesoft for $389 million in cash, the company announced today.

Helsinki, Finland-based Stonesoft offers a portfolio of firewalls, SSL VPN solutions, and prevention systems that are suitable to help both small and large businesses. It has more than 6,500 customers worldwide.

McAfee is most interested in Stonesoft’s next-gen firewall technology, and it’s saying that combining Stonesoft’s offerings with its own cloud-based Global Threat Intelligence service will give its customers even better network security.

“With the pending addition of Stonesoft’s products and services, McAfee is making a significant investment in next-generation firewall technology,” McAfee President Michael DeCesare said in a statement. “These solutions anticipate emerging customer needs in a continually evolving threat landscape. … We plan to integrate Stonesoft’s offerings with other McAfee products to realize the power of McAfee’s Security Connected strategy.”

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