Cisco Systems has moved to strengthen its position as a network security software provider, acquiring privately held Okena for $US154 million in Cisco stock.
Okena makes the StormWatch intrusion detection software. Marketed as an "intrusion prevention" program, StormWatch uses intelligent agents running on user desktops and servers to monitor those systems, intercepting and approving or rejecting a resource request from an application to the operating system based on a customer's application security policy.
StormWatch can also detect attacks as they unfold by correlating actions at the local and network level.
In addition to StormWatch, Okena makes a policy generator module, StormFront, and a system administration module, StormTrack, which provides administrators with a view of host systems and applications.
The acquisition was approved by the boards of both companies and is expected to close in Cisco's fiscal third quarter that ends in April.
Following the acquisition, Okena's products and staff will be rolled into Cisco's Virtual Private Network and Security Business Unit.