ISS Acquires Content Security Vendor Cobion


To bolster its antispam offering, Internet Security Systems (ISS) has acquired content security vendor Cobion AG for $32.9 million.

Munich, Germany-based Cobion, which has U.S. headquarters in Boston, offers content-filtering and antispam technology. ISS said it acquired the privately held company for its intelligent content-analysis technology, spam and Web content-filtering databases, and research infrastructure.

"ISS is now in the content security market with a product that automatically blocks Web content and spam like no other product available today," Tom Noonan, chairman, president and CEO of ISS, said in a statement. "The Cobion acquisition completes our Proventia all-in-one protection product family with technology that matches the reputation and uncompromising quality ISS is known for."

ISS plans to incorporate Cobion's technology into its Proventia line of Internet security appliances. The company aims to add content security to the Proventia M line next quarter. Its content security appliance, Proventia C, also is slated for a second-quarter release.