Internet Security Systems
, attempting to boost
professional services and product offerings, will acquire
privately held March Information
, a British firm, in a deal valued at around $7.5 million.
March develops security assessment tools for Windows NT and Unix that allow
companies to set up their own corporate security policies, then check to be
certain the policies are followed.
The deal was for $4.75 million in cash and 120,000
shares of ISS stock. ISS stock dipped slightly in midday trading today.
March, a company of 25 employees, had about $2 million in revenue for the year ended
"With this acquisition, we have given ourselves more support and sales
capabilities in the U.K. This makes it easier for us to do global support,"
said Patrick Taylor, ISS vice president of strategic marketing.
Initially, March's Security Policy Manager software will be marketed as a
standalone product in ISS' SAFEsuite intrusion detection software, Taylor
said. But over the next six months March technology will be integrated with
ISS, especially its new SAFEsuite Decisions offering, which analyzes
security data and was announced