Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Observable Networks, Inc.

July 13, 2017 - 9 Comments

UPDATE — July 31, 2017:  I am pleased to announce we have completed the acquisition of Observable Networks today. A hearty welcome to the Observable Networks team members!

The ability to dramatically improve visibility, security and response capabilities across an entire IT surface, including highly distributed branch environments and public cloud infrastructures, is becoming increasingly important as companies and organizations continue their digital transformation. With this in mind, I am pleased to announce Cisco’s intent to acquire Observable Networks, a privately held software company headquartered in St. Louis. Observable Networks provides cloud-native network forensics security applications delivered as a service.

Observable Networks’ technology is based on dynamic behavioral modeling of all devices on the network. Observable Networks’ solutions provide security analysts with the ability to gain real-time situational awareness of all users, devices and traffic on the network, whether in the data center or the cloud. Its cloud-native machine learning techniques for device modeling identifies insider and external threats faster and more accurately. This design supports cloud environments and enables turn-key activation for customers using Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

Together, Cisco and Observable Networks will extend our Stealthwatch solution into the cloud with highly scalable behavior analytics and comprehensive visibility. On the heels of the unveiling of our new intent-based network, this acquisition reaffirms Cisco’s commitment to providing unparalleled security solutions for our customers and partners.

The acquisition of Observable Networks supports Cisco’s strategic transition toward software-centric solutions. We look forward to welcoming the Observable Networks team to the Security Business Group led by David Ulevitch. We expect the Observable Networks acquisition to be completed in the first quarter of fiscal year 2018.


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  1. Way to go

  2. Looking at the AWS Lambda security audit and monitor, really promising.

  3. Congratulations! Both, expecting good things to come in the near future.

  4. Congratulations to Observable and Cisco!
    Great job Rob!

  5. We mean business when it comes to extending our footprint in cloud and security!!!

  6. Cisco has amazing ability to spot acquisition worthy companies in right areas – kudos!!

  7. Outstanding! Nice work to both Observable and Cisco. I’ve had the pleasure of using the Observable; now the power and backing of Cisco raises the bar!

  8. This is a great company with an innovative approach to an important and under-served enterprise security need. Well done!

  9. awesome