Cisco Adds Policy Management With Securent Acquisition

Cisco is set to acquire Securent, a policy management solution provider, for $100 million in cash.

Securent solutions help ease policy enforcement through the use of a centralized policy management system and work with commonly used platforms such as Microsoft SharePoint, BEA WebLogic Portal, IBM WebSphere Portal, JBoss Portal, and Documentum. Securent also provides integration for developers who might use any of a variety of platforms, including J2EE, Spring-ACEGI, SOAP, Microsoft .Net, C#, C++, Visual Basic, and COM.

"As enterprises shift to service-oriented architectures and adopt technologies such as Unified Communications and Web 2.0 based collaboration, there is a rising need for control over access to distributed enterprise resources," said Don Proctor, senior vice president, Cisco's Collaboration Software Group. "\[Securent solutions are\] well aligned with Cisco's Service-Oriented Network Axrchitecture (SONA), enabling policy decisions to be delivered as a network service across multiple applications, platforms, and delivery models."

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