In an effort to expand its cloud computing offerings, McAfee Inc. has agreed to acquire Secure Computing Corp. of San Jose, Calif. for US$465 million.

McAfee said it “expects” with the acquisition, it could offer data life cycle management, including detection, filtering, encryption, blocking, archiving, reporting and compliance.

Secure Computing’s hardware line includes firewalls and web filtering tools. The vendor makes Trusted Source, an Internet reputation intelligence system that analyses Web traffic, including IP addresses, messages, images, attachments, URLs and domain names. It analyzes them by calculating how often an IP sends mail, how their sending pattern matches the “norm” and other criteria.

Trusted Source is used in Secure Computing’s SecureMail appliances, which are targeted at corporations and include anti-spam, anti-malware and encryption features.

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