Cisco and Sourcefire: Where there’s smoke there’s fire

By Ahmed Etman, VP, Borderless Networks, Cisco Canada

As you may have heard, on October 7 2013, Cisco made a significant announcement in terms of its security offering with the acquisition of Sourcefire. Sourcefire brings industry leading security products and 700 employees that will help Cisco approach security in a brand new way. This is exciting news for our team and I wanted to take this opportunity to discuss the short term/long term impact of this acquisition and address some of the questions I’ve heard about how it will affect  Cisco’s security strategy.


Immediate Impact

The immediate impact of the acquisition is significant; Cisco now provides the most comprehensive advanced threat protection portfolio. And the impact goes beyond hardware. In the past we’ve always approached security with a network centric focus. We have now made it stronger with a threat centric approach from Sourcefire backed up by its Vulnerability Research Team (VRT).

It’s also important to mention that our security portfolio has been transformed with acclaimed products and solutions, including market-leading next-generation IPS technology that has been recognized by Gartner.

Moving Forward As One

With the acquisition of Sourcefire, we’ve positioned ourselves as the only security provider in the market that is able to provide services at every stage of a security breach. The new Attack Continuum model allows us to react and protect clients before, during and after the attack. Cisco and Sourcefire together will help shape security moving forward with a visibility driven, platform based and threat focused philosophy.

We’ve discussed Sourcefire’s hardware, software and philosophical impact; however it is the game-changing aspect of this acquisition that stands out most of all. I believe the Sourcefire acquisition is a line in the sand for our security portfolio and we’ll move forward as a team that is stronger, more adaptive and versatile than the sum of its parts.

Check back soon for my next blog post where I’ll be speaking in depth about Advanced Malware Protection.

About Cisco Canada

Humans, devices and things are connecting. We’re assimilating a network that is complex, awe-inspiring and powerful. And we’re doing it faster than before. Tomorrow, we’ll work, live, play and learn much differently than we do today. Tomorrow’s world will surface an exciting, dynamic and thoughtful conversation — one that will transpire in the social web among thought leaders, network architects and early adopters. Cisco, the beating heart of this transformation, has the distinct opportunity and authority to lead this conversation. And with Cisco at the heart, more things will be connected, and tomorrow will be built with our imaginations. La connexion entre humains, appareils et objets est en train de s'établir. Nous sommes en voie d'assimiler un réseau complexe, imposant et puissant. Et nous sommes en train de le réaliser beaucoup plus vite qu'avant. Demain, notre travail, nos vies, nos loisirs et nos apprentissages seront très différents d'aujourd'hui. Le monde futur émergera de dialogues dynamiques et éclairés qui surgissent des liens sociaux tissés entre des chefs de file éclairés, des architectes réseau et des pionniers dans l'adoption de technologies. Et avec Cisco au coeur du mouvement, plus de choses se feront connecter qui permettra de construire un avenir fondé sur la richesse de notre imagination.
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One Response to Cisco and Sourcefire: Where there’s smoke there’s fire

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