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Cisco Fights False Alarms

Cisco Systems customers might get fewer false alarms, thanks to the networking equipment vendor's $12 million stock acquisition of Psionic Software last week. Psionic's software eliminates most bogus alerts generated by software products that detect intruders on company networks. False alarms are a long-standing problem with intrusion-detection systems.

"Psionic takes the 'Missouri' approach to information security," says Pete Lindstrom, an analyst at Spire Security. "It's all about 'show me.'" Psionic's technology "helps users prioritize and focus on incidents they need to," he says.

Cisco says it plans to incorporate Psionic's software into its security products, including intrusion-detection systems and security-management applications. The deal is scheduled to close during Cisco's second quarter, which ends in January. Psionic's eight employees will join Cisco.

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