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[ISN] Security vulnerability-management rivals marry: Tripwire acquires nCircle
By Ellen Messmer
March 11, 2013
Tripwire today said it had acquired nCircle for an undisclosed price, a deal
that will meld together two longtime rivals in the security and
vulnerability-management industry. Tripwire, which had been acquired by
investment firm Thoma Bravo two years ago, said it expects to continue making
more acquisitions to grow as a security company.
Tripwire said the combination of the two security firms will result in a
company that as of last year had $140 million in business, more than 500
employees and more than 7,000 customers in 96 countries. Jim Johnson, CEO at
Tripwire, said the strategy set by Thoma Bravo calls for still more expansion
in the future. "This is step one of many acquisitions to come," Johnson said.
Though there are plans to phase out the nCircle name, the nCircle products will
be maintained for the foreseeable future. Johnson says because nCircle has a
agentless vulnerability-assessment and configuration management product and
Tripwire's is agent-based, "the two product lines fit in nicely." Sometimes
customers prefer one or the other approach, Johnson said, and over time there
will be deeper and deeper integration of the nCircle Suite360 agentless product
line into Tripwire products and services, which today include Tripwire
Enterprise, Log Center and Data Mart.
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