M86 Security Acquires Finjan

Six months after acquiring malware detection company Avinti, security vendor M86 Security has gone shopping again, this time acquiring Finjan, which sells Web gateway appliances and software.

M86, which has a line of Web and messaging security products, said that under the terms of the agreement, it acquires Finjan's global operations, products, and technology, as well as a license to Finjan's patents. The company will maintain a development center and operations in Netanya, Israel. M86 will merge Finjan's security labs, Malicious Code Research Center, into M86 Security Labs.

M86 Security was formed by the November 2008 merger of Marshal and 8e6 Technologies. The latest acquisition grows M86 Security's employee base to just more than 300.

"We are very pleased to add Finjan's technology, products, customers and employees to the M86 team," said John Vigouroux, CEO at M86 Security. "With M86's complementary e-mail security and reporting products and worldwide distribution, we anticipate a broad opportunity for Finjan's enterprise-class Web security solutions to existing and new customers."

Finjan's products provide real-time content inspection and code analysis technology focused on identifying malware delivered inbound through the Web.

"The acquisition of Finjan supports our strategy to become the recognized leader in comprehensive inbound and outbound content security," said Vigouroux. "With their real-time code analysis and our behavior-based malware detection, M86 now offers industry-leading threat protection technologies on both the Web and e-mail, and can provide an effective way to enable these technologies on appliances, software, or in the cloud."

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Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.