Ixia recently announced plans to acquire security testing company BreakingPoint Systems for $160 million in cash. Ixia says the transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2012.

"BreakingPoint is a specialist in security testing for wireless and wireline networks, as well as attack analytics, with more than 34,000 examples of attacks, malware and exploits parsed in its library," writes TechCrunch's Ingrid Lunden. "The move means that Ixia will be able to offer its carrier and large enterprise customers a fuller portfolio of services for network testing -- but perhaps more importantly it is a sign of how the growth in mobile and fixed data networks — on the back of the smartphone and tablet boom -- has led to a bigger focus on security threats, data breaches and privacy protection."

"Given the ongoing threats made on corporate and consumer Internet traffic, Ixia will gain the vendor's network processor-based simulation and testing platform [as well as] BreakingPoint's set of enterprise, service provider and government agency customers," writes FierceTelecom's Sean Buckley.

"The current threat landscape is changing everything -- from the way we conduct business, to how we protect data and secure infrastructures, to the ways we train cyber warriors," Ixia president and CEO Vic Alston said in a statement. "This dynamic IT landscape is creating a growing demand for solutions that provide definitive and current insight into the resiliency of critical IT infrastructures and defenses. The use of disparate testing tools, threat intelligence, and monitoring products allows dangerous security vulnerabilities that erode the security posture of businesses and government agencies. By leveraging BreakingPoint with Ixia’s integrated portfolio of proven network test products, customers will have available to them an end-to-end solution to help ensure business continuity for enterprises and government organizations."

"This is the second acquisition made by Ixia this year," notes Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs. "The company has recently acquired Anue Systems, another network visibility firm for the amount of $145 million (114 million EUR)."