Within the last 2 weeks, two young companies that NSS Labs did independent certifications on were acquired. ThirdBrigade, which makes Host Intrusion Prevention Software (HIPS) was acquired by TrendMicro, one of the major antimalware vendors. This product filled a server-side gap in their product line.
Solidcore Systems, which makes memory firewall/application white listing products, was acquired by McAfee. The #2 antimalware vendor cum security vendor has added whitelisting to its billion dollar portfolio of antimalware, vulnerability and intrusion prevention products. In Q3 of 2008, NSS Labs had evaluated and certified the S3 Control Embedded product as NSS Approved for Host Malware Protection.
In a down economy, strong vendors go shopping for technologies to round out their product lines so they're in positions of strength when the buyers recover. Note, even with all the cost cutting and layoffs, there's always money left for strategic purposes. And if you're a CEO who is going to make a purchase in this economy, there's not much room for forgiveness. So, you can bet they did their homework on all sides: technology, sales execution, management, margins, balance sheet, etc. I'm pleased NSS Labs was able to help these young companies grow their businesses and wish them well in the next stages of their evolution.