On May 5, 2013 we announced our intent to acquire Stonesoft, a leading innovator in firewall technology. In fact, in 2013 Gartner positioned Stonesoft in the “Visionary” quadrant of its Network Security Firewall Magic Quadrant.
We are very excited, as evident by Pat Calhoun’s latest blog, about what this potentially means to our network security offering, business and partners. With our industry-leading IPS, this next-generation firewall technology will allow us to address an entirely new and larger enterprise segment.
Unlike many of our competitors, firewall is not a new market for McAfee. The next-generation firewall market has massive upside. We believe this market will be led by companies that can deliver an integrated solution. Stonesoft can help strengthen our integrated offering.
We anticipate completing the acquisition in Q3 2013 (July-Sept). However, until the close, we will continue to operate as separate companies, which means we are focused on working with you to close network security deals based on existing McAfee technology. Currently we offer you the ability to sell the most complete network security portfolio in the industry, which includes, industry leading IPS, high assurance proxy-based firewall, advanced threat intelligence as well as web and email protection.