Tripwire buys nCircle

Tripwire buys nCircle

Portland network security company Tripwire is buying similar San Francisco-based company nCircle.

Both Tripwire and its new acquisition, nCircle, provide technology to large organizations to guard against intruders and technical vulnerabilities. They were occasional rivals, said Tripwire chief executive Jim Johnson, but more often sold complementary products to a similar customer base.

Tripwire tends to focus on critical systems such as financial transactions, he said, which require relatively expensive, labor-intensive security. By comparison, nCircle's tools are less demanding -- but essential in giving a company an overall sense of its risk profile.


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