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Juniper buys mobile security vendor

Alex Scroxton

Juniper Networks has picked up smartphone and tablet computing security software builder SMobile Systems for $70m (£44.9m) barely a week after CEO Kevin Johnson told analysts the firm planned further market consolidation.

Back in April Juniper bought video streaming outfit Ankeena to enhance its enterprise content delivery proposition.

SMobile's product line, which protects devices running the full gamut of mobile operating systems, from Android to Windows Mobile, will be folded into Juniper's Junos Pulse mobile connectivity, security and acceleration platform.

"Juniper already secures the majority of smartphone traffic in the United States," said Juniper Services Layer Technologies executive vice president and general manager, Mark Bauhaus.

"Integrating SMobile's portfolio into Junos Pulse will provide users with the most comprehensive mobile security solution available on the market," he added.

Juniper plans to move 30 SMobile employees into its Access and Acceleration business unit, including the firm's CEO and CTO, Neil Book and Daniel Hoffman.


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