Cisco Systems Inc has said it would buy wireless security software maker Meetinghouse Data Communications Inc for $43.7m in cash and assumed options.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based Meetinghouse sells client-side 802.1X supplicant security software that enables enterprises to restrict network access.
Only authorized users or host devices can access the network through both wired and wireless media with Meetinghouse’s AEGIS SecureConnect products.
San Jose, California-based Cisco said it would integrate products from privately held Meetinghouse into its security line.
The deal means Cisco could offer a unified wired and wireless client that promises to reduce costs by simplifying the security management of various host devices and operating systems, according to Cisco.
The Meetinghouse software supplicant is a natural extension to existing Cisco initiatives such as the Cisco Self Defending Network via Network Admission Control (NAC) and the Cisco Compatible Extensions (CCX) program, said Brett Galloway, VP of Cisco’s wireless networking business unit, in a statement.
Meetinghouse, which founded in 1988, has 77 workers, which will be added to Cisco’s wireless networking business unit, reporting to Galloway.
The deal is expected to close by October 28.