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Cisco to Expand Security Consultancy Services with Acquisition of Portcullis

There’s no question that cybersecurity is top-of-mind for Fortune 500 companies. This, compounded by a significant global security talent shortage, contributes to the burgeoning need for security companies to deliver both a comprehensive technology portfolio and a strong security consultancy service practice.

With this as the backdrop, Cisco is pleased to announce its intent to acquire Portcullis Computer Security, Ltd., a privately held UK-based consultancy that provides cybersecurity services to enterprise clients and the government sector. Portcullis’ range of security consulting services includes assessments to identify vulnerabilities, forensic testing, first responder training to prepare for attacks, policy review and creation, security awareness training, and overall security posture audits. Together, Cisco and Portcullis will provide strategic guidance to our clients to help them with their most difficult security challenges.

Through this acquisition, we increase our ability to offer robust security, risk and compliance services to help clients overcome operational and technical security challenges, anticipate and respond to new threats, and drive new business.

The acquisition of Portcullis also complements the talent and skills Cisco gained through the Neohapsis acquisition earlier this year. Portcullis has a long history of providing security consulting services in Europe, with an extensive customer network, and a respected reputation for penetration testing of web applications and infrastructure. When paired with Cisco’s existing security services portfolio, Portcullis will help accelerate Cisco’s security services business and more quickly expand its security consulting services outside of North America.

The Portcullis team will join the Cisco Security Solutions organization under the leadership of Vice President James Mobley. The acquisition is expected to be complete in the second quarter of fiscal year 2016.


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Danske Bank: Our 1000th Cisco ACI Customer!

A little over a year ago, we began shipping Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).

Yesterday, Chuck Robbins tweeted that we hit our 1000th customer – Danske Bank, the largest financial institution in Denmark.

Our fast momentum and success with the Nexus 9000 (N9K) and ACI is largely due to our continued focus on customer needs – both now and well into the future. And our broad ecosystem of industry leaders has been and is committed to deliver integrated solutions for our mutual customers.

Just a little over three years ago, the team behind the N9K and ACI – Insieme Networks – began by listening to a variety of customers on what their business requirements were at the time and into the foreseeable future. What we learned is that modern enterprises were looking for an application-centric approach using open standards to deliver today’s business services.

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Financing the Internet of Everything

You’ve heard us talk about the move from the Information Age to the digital age and how the rapid change associated with this movement will transform the way business is done at a global scale.

The primary driver for this revolution will be The Internet of Everything (IoE)—the next big phase of the Internet. Poised to generate over $19 trillion in value at stake for businesses and countries over the next decade, IoE encompasses shifts in computing such as big data, cloud, BYOD and mobility, and a new breed of software applications that will increasingly strain enterprise and service provider networks alike.

To become industry disruptors and take full advantage of the Internet of Everything, organizations will need to rethink how they do business. They will need to reimagine the role technology plays in their business and make it a strategic asset.

In my role as President of Cisco Capital, the captive finance business within Cisco, I speak with customers and partners globally of all sizes, across different markets and that have different business needs. In almost every conversation, a common challenge arises – how do they to do more with less and keep pace with technology innovation? It’s a good question, and one that doesn’t have a one-size-fits all answer.

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Cisco and China: A Long Term View

This week’s first state visit to the U.S. by China’s President Xi Jinping comes at an important moment for our countries, and for our industry, as President Xi meets with a number of important U.S. technology companies including Cisco. We have a long history in China spanning over 20 years, and today we continue to strengthen our commitment to our partners and to delivering meaningful innovation to the people of China.

My numerous trips to China over the past few years have reinforced the incredible opportunity ahead for this dynamic society. Over the course of our history in China, Cisco has helped connect millions of Chinese people to the Internet. During the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, our teams went in to face the disaster and help those impacted – ultimately leading to a long-standing program that has transformed both healthcare and education in the region. Through our Networking Academy Program, we have trained hundreds of thousands of students in the technical skills needed to help build China’s future.

We’ve always been deeply focused on our customers around the world and this is absolutely the case in China. We believe that next generation partnerships are required to deliver what our customers need to enhance China’s productivity and bring incredible new connected experiences to China’s citizens in the digital world. As we’ve developed long-standing relationships with our Chinese business partners, we have always remained true to our core values at Cisco: we do the right thing and we win together.

Today, as the entire country prepares to digitize, we continue to bring the power of the Internet to new areas – including manufacturing, transportation, education, and healthcare. I’m incredibly optimistic about the long-term prospects of successful partnerships in the country.

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Cisco and Apple – It’s All About the Network

The press lit up when we announced a landmark partnership with Apple last week. This was definitely an important announcement for us. As you can imagine, everyone is very excited with what this partnership can make possible for enterprises building new mobile strategies for their organizations.

Every week I meet customers who are taking steps toward digitizing their companies to be more efficient, collaborate better internally and externally and ultimately grow their business. But many businesses are just at the beginning of the journey – There’s so much more potential to change the way we work.

Together, Cisco and Apple have embarked on this partnership that will help businesses adopt new ways of mobile work where the real-time business insights, information sharing, collaboration and communication experience is awesome every time and anywhere. It’s time to move past email and BYOD to mobile transactions and enhanced business execution.

There are three areas we are working on together – extending our unified collaboration products to the iPhone; transforming team collaboration with iOS experiences on Cisco Spark, Cisco TelePresence, and Cisco WebEx; and of course ensuring unparalleled experiences for iOS devices on the network.

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