Today’s threat landscape is more dynamic than ever before. Rapid changes in the world around us, driven by cloud, mobility and the Internet of Everything, are considerably affecting traditional security approaches. The notion of the “perimeter” no longer exists and threats are able to circumvent traditional, disparate security products.
The marketplace needs a pervasive, continuous security architecture that addresses each phase of the attack lifecycle. Today, we are excited to announce the acquisition of Sourcefire (NASDAQ: FIRE), which directly supports Cisco’s strategy to constantly defend, discover and remediate threats – with the ultimate goal of covering our customers before, during and after an attack.
Sourcefire, based in Columbia, MD, is a leader in intelligent cybersecurity solutions. Sourcefire delivers effective, highly automated security through continuous threat research, detection and protection across its portfolio of next-generation intrusion prevention systems (IPS), next-generation firewall, and advanced malware protection solutions.
Sourcefire couples its technology with automated, real-time visibility across the extended network that includes virtual, mobile and endpoints. These solutions work not only at a point-in-time, but also provide continuous threat protection and retrospective remediation across the network.
Having led security innovation for more than 12 years, Sourcefire has assembled a world-class team with deep security DNA that will help drive Cisco’s execution of its security strategy. Sourcefire was founded by Marty Roesch, who pioneered their success through open source, creating a community of security technologists working together to build an industry leading intrusion prevention system. Sourcefire also is home to the Vulnerability Research Team, a group of elite security experts who work around the clock to proactively discover, assess, and respond to the latest trends in hacking activities, intrusion attempts, malware and vulnerabilities.
Sourcefire’s open source model is expected to strengthen and accelerate Cisco’s ability to build a strong ecosystem of security partners who can bring real time threat intelligence and innovations to customers through integration with our technologies and platforms.
Security is a critical component to Cisco’s overall strategy to be the No. 1 IT company. Earlier this year, we acquired Cognitive Security, a security software company that applies artificial intelligence techniques to detect advanced cyber threats. Cognitive Security and Sourcefire are expected to help Cisco achieve our goal as we offer more best-in-class security services; more intelligence sources for continuous protection; and an open platform to enable a threat-aware network.
We believe that Cisco and Sourcefire customers will benefit from the combination of world-class products and technologies to provide continuous and pervasive advanced threat protection across the entire attack continuum and from any device to any cloud.
I am delighted to welcome the entire Sourcefire team to the Cisco family, and look forward to a prosperous future together.
In closing, I would simply like to remind you that this blog contains forward-looking statements which are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the risk factors discussed in Cisco’s most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on September 12, 2012 and May 21, 2013, respectively, and in the press release announcing this transaction. Such risks could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. For further information, please consult such Form 10-K, Form 10-Q, and Cisco’s Form 8-K covering such press release, each available free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or by going to Cisco’s Investor Relations website at http://www.cisco.com/go/investors.
Tags: Cisco Security, cloud, cyber security, Internet of Everything, mobility, security, Sourcefire
Cisco continues to listen to our customers’ feedback, and make improvements that address your biggest pain points. In a previous post, Jim Fuller, Senior Director of Technical Services focused on entitlement, joined us to talk about improvements that simplified the overall Services Entitlement process, and hinted at future improvements that were underway. Jim’s team recently completed changes to our Return Materials Authorization (RMA) process, and as promised, he returns to the blog to walk us through those changes, and what they will mean for your experience working with Cisco.
By Guest Contributor Jim Fuller
Installed Base and Contract Data Quality are a consistent challenge for customers. Customers and partners use contract data to manage both their services with Cisco and the information they need to renew service contracts. Cisco wants to make this experience easier for our customers, so we’ve been making improvements to the tools and systems our customers need to maintain their installed base and contract data -- starting with our Return Materials Authorization (RMA) process. Read More »
Tags: cisco_services, entitlement, RMA, we-are-listening
I recently had the opportunity to be interviewed by Apple for its Tech Talk series, taped at Apple’s Palo Alto retail store, on the topic of BYOD.
What prompted the invitation to speak was Cisco’s substantial use of Apple devices – Cisco is one of the largest enterprise users of Apple products today across the world. This is not just iPhones (33,000) and iPads (16,000) which are purchased by employees themselves as part of our BYOD program, but we also deploy nearly 33,000 Macs – almost half of our regular employees select Macs over PCs (these are company provided). Moreover, all of these figures are growing – and have grown significantly over the last three years.
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Milestones and markers are important. They give us a chance to reflect and to celebrate, and they inspire us with what’s next. I’m very pleased to share that Cisco has just been granted its 10,000th U.S. patent. And worldwide we’ve surpassed 13,000 patents awarded to Cisco innovators.
By the measure of patents, Cisco’s journey started in February 1988, when the company’s first patent was filed. To put that time in context, that was the year President Ronald Reagan gave his last State of the Union address in his second term, U.S. sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner (aka Flo-Jo) set a still-standing women’s world record (21.34 seconds) in the 200-meter dash at the 24th Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea, and also the year when the Morris worm was distributed via the Internet, initially written to gauge the size of the Internet.
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CRS Family Exemplifies Cisco’s Commitment to Innovation, Internet Networking Leadership
Last month, when we formally introduced the Carrier Routing System X (CRS-X), we said it was joining the CRS family.
As I reflect on the last 10 years, the term family certainly feels appropriate to those of us fortunate enough to work on a product line that has had such a profound impact on the networking and telecommunications industries.
The new CRS-X delivers 10 times the capacity of the original CRS-1
I remember the day we unveiled the original CRS-1. It was a sunny morning in May, 2004 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. Technology trade media had anticipated the announcement for months. And soon business reporters were sniffing around our campus, trying to get the scoop on what was coming. Everyone knew Cisco was working on a secret “super router.” But no one knew exactly what was behind the curtain.
Hundreds of reporters, industry and financial analysts, and industry opinion-leaders attended the half-day product unveiling.
Most Ambitious Project
I was on the marketing team that helped launch the product, which took over four years, half a billion dollars, and 500 engineers to build. The CRS-1 was a global effort, with team members heralding from the four-corners of the world, including Israel, Canada, England, India, Scotland, and several cities in the United States.
It was the most ambitious project Cisco had ever undertaken.
The press release that day dubbed the CRS-1 “a new class of routing system designed to deliver continuous system operation, service flexibility and extended system longevity to telecommunications service providers to enable (them) to scale network capacity to new levels…and deliver next-generation services over a converged IP network while protecting their investments in the system.”
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