|Key people||Alan Kessler|
TippingPoint is the security intelligence and risk management unit of the software division of the Hewlett-Packard company (HP). Originally, TippingPoint was an American software company with roots back to 1999 focused on network security products, particularly intrusion prevention systems for networks. TippingPoint was acquired by 3Com Corporation in 2005, and was run as an autonomous security-focused division from 2005 to 2010. On April 12, 2010, HP completed the acquisition of 3Com. Until September 2011, TippingPoint was within HP Networking, the networking division of HP. It transferred to the HP Software Division.
HP maintains the Tipping Point trademark and is incorporated into its TippingPoint Digital Vaccine Laboratories business unit.
The company was founded in January 1999 under the name Shbang! in Texas. Co-founders were John F. McHale, Kent A. Savage (first chief executive), and Kenneth A. Kalinoski. Its business was to develop and sell Internet appliances. In May 1999, the company changed its name to Netpliance and in November released the I-Opener, a low-cost computer intended to be used for browsing the World Wide Web. In 2000 a Las Vegas engineer, Ken Segler, discovered a method to install an alternative operating system on the device. In 2001, the company was fined by the Federal Trade Commission for $100,000 for sales and billing practices.
In 2002, the company discontinued operations of its internet appliance business to focus on network security products under the new name TippingPoint. CEO Savage was replaced by chairman of the board McHale. McHale stepped down in 2004, however remained chairman of the board. The position was filled by Kip McClanahan, former CEO of BroadJump. In January 2005, TippingPoint was acquired by the network equipment company 3Com for $442 million, operating as a division of 3Com led by James Hamilton (Tippingpoint President), later replaced by Alan Kessler. 3Com itself was acquired by computer manufacturer Hewlett-Packard in 2010 for approximately $2.7 billion.
- TippingPoint Digital Vaccine Laboratories
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- 3Com buys TippingPoint
- HP to Acquire 3Com for $2.7 Billion
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