Cisco Systems Inc has bought into security appliance developer Finjan Inc, which operates under the Finjan Software brand.
San Jose, California-based Finjan’s core offering is its Vital Security Appliances range, which feature its patented behavioral analysis technology along with third-party anti-virus and URL filtering engines.
It also offers SSL inspection and load balancing modules as optional add-ons and a software developers’ kit so that vendors of products such as email gateways and caching servers can incorporate its behavioral technology.
Finjan announced last week that Cisco, which also hails from San Jose, had joined VCs such as HarbourVest Partners in its latest funding round, which it says it will use to extend sales and marketing activities.
It did not reveal the size of the Cisco investment, which was actually part of the $10m round Finjan closed in February, bringing the total raised until now to $50m. Cisco only authorized the information to be divulged after the February announcement however.
The presence of Cisco among its VCs suggests the networking heavyweight likes the look of Finjan’s technology and may be considering its incorporation into its own products. Cisco has been preaching the gospel of embedding security into networking gear for several years now, and has just unveiled the Anti-X version of its Integrated Services Router (ISR) the branch-in-a-box offering for remote offices as well as SMBs.
Anti-X refers to anti-virus, anti-spam and anti-spyware technologies provided by Trend Micro, which has made much of its deepening relationship with Cisco of late. However, there is no reason why Cisco could not embed some of the behavioral technology Finjan has patented into the same devices, potentially feeding the Trend software as well as its own IDS/IPS product.
It is also worth noting that, while Cisco now has an inside track at Finjan through its investment, last year Microsoft bought into the security vendor too, and has yet to do anything with its technology.