Partha Bhattacharya founded Protego acquired by Cisco Systems

Tuesday, 21 December 2004, 08:00 Hrs
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A member of the IETF standards body and holder of 3 US patents, Partha Bhattacharya has
more than 13 years experience in networking, security, database, and system architecture and software development. At Cisco Systems, Partha was architect and technical lead for the Cisco Security Management Infrastructure covering the design and implementation of security services for the PIX, IOS, Firewall, VPN, Router and IDS products. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Cisco Systems, Inc., announced a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Protego Networks, Inc. of Sunnyvale, CA, a provider of security monitoring and threat management appliances used in enterprise and small-to-medium business networks. The ability of Protego's products to detect, correlate and mitigate threats in the network extends Cisco's Self-Defending Network initiative.

Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will pay approximately $65 million in cash for Protego. The acquisition is subject to various standard closing conditions and is expected to close in the second quarter of Cisco's fiscal year 2005, which ends on January 29, 2005.

Protego offers a family of high performance, scalable appliances for threat management, monitoring and mitigation that enables customers to make more effective use of network and security devices by combining traditional security event monitoring with network intelligence, context correlation, vector analysis, anomaly detection, hotspot identification and automated mitigation capabilities. By combining network intelligence, an understanding of network topology and automated mitigation capabilities, Protego's products help companies to readily and accurately identify and eliminate network attacks while maintaining network compliance.

Protego is currently a member of Cisco's AVVID partner program and the companies have been successfully working together to sell security products to customers. The Protego team will be integrated into Cisco's Security Technology Group. Protego was founded in 2002 and has 38 employees.

Source: IANS
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