Internet Security Systems Buys vCIS

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Internet Security Systems said Tuesday that it acquired vCIS, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based developer of technology to prevent malicious code from executing and doing damage.

Under the agreement, ISS will acquire privately held vCIS for some $20 million in either cash or ISS common stock. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter, pending regulatory approvals.

ISS, an intrusion-detection vendor based here, said the vCIS behavioral inspection technology will help the company advance its strategy of protecting against hybrid security threats at the desktop, server and network levels.

The technology will enhance the application-protection feature in its recently released RealSecure Desktop Protector product and also its server solutions, ISS said. The integrated desktop solution is slated for release in the first quarter of next year.

The combination of the vCIS and ISS technologies will allow companies to control how programs operate on their host systems and to prevent unknown applications from executing, ISS said. The integrated solution also will reduce false positives, the company said.

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