Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers & Acquisitions

May 24, 2011

Codenomicon Acquires Clarified Networks

Codenomicon (News - Alert), a vendor of proactive security testing solutions, has acquired Clarified Networks, a developer of collaborative situation awareness tools.

Industry experts said the acquisition is a response to increased demand from the government and defense sectors, and it expands Codenomicon’s offering by introducing new solutions for system analysis and situational awareness.

"Due to the complementary nature of their product portfolios, Codenomicon and Clarified Networks have frequently cooperated in various projects and customer cases," said David Chartier, CEO of Codenomicon, in a statement.

"The acquisition is a logical step for Codenomicon, as it extends our solutions offering, significantly increases our revenue and brings us to Clarified Networks' customers, quickly taking us to new markets," said Chartier.

Codenomicon develops security and quality testing software, which allows users to quickly find and identify both known and previously unknown flaws before business-critical products or services are deployed. Their unique, targeted approach to the fuzz testing of networked and mobile applications exposes more flaws and weaknesses than any other testing platform or methodology.

"In order to meet the increasing market demand in critical infrastructure protection and cyber defense, we can leverage Codenomicon's existing worldwide presence and strong balance sheet to grow our business," said Jani Kenttälä, co-founder and CTO of Clarified Networks.

Kenttälä said that Codenomicon has an impressive customer list from the government and defense market and they were the natural choice to bring the company’s situation awareness solutions to the global market.

Clarified Networks is a solutions company that quickly resolves any customer problems related to situation awareness. Typical applications are in the field of critical infrastructure protection and cyber defense. It does that through providing tools and services for collaborative analysis and visualization of complex events and systems.

TMCnet in February reported that Codenomicon has released service assurance tools for NGN and legacy telecoms. One of the new tools is a security assessment solution for VoIP interconnect, the critical interface between operators in case of roaming users.

Codenomicon asserted that the introduction of newer technologies always involves a high risk of unpredictable security, quality and interoperability issues. The rising popularity of IP based services has brought the challenges of Internet communications to the traditionally closed telecommunications networks. With more Next Generation Networks (News - Alert) (NGN) being installed, there is a need for more security and robustness testing. In addition there is also the depletion of IPv4 address space which is prompting for the premature launch of IPv6.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

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