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

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 Ahmed Etman

Ahmed Etman is the General Manager of Security and Enterprise Networking for Cisco Canada. In this role, he is responsible for Canadian growth within Cisco’s core technologies including enterprise routing, switching, and wireless networking. He is also responsible for managing Cisco’s cross-portfolio security solutions and leads a team of dedicated sales specialists across the country. Etman has over 12 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. He joined Cisco’s Europe, Middle East and Africa team in 2006 as a security business development manager, based in Dubai. He is a mechanical engineer by training and started his career as a security systems engineer. Before joining Cisco, he held various positions at Internet Security Systems (now part of IBM), including Director of Technical Solutions, and was responsible for opening the ISS operation in the Middle East and Africa region. Etman holds a bachelor of science degree from The American University in Cairo. Ahmed Etman est le directeur général de la sécurité et du réseautage d'entreprise de Cisco Canada. À ce titre, il est responsable de la croissance des affaires canadiennes en lien avec les technologies de base de Cisco, notamment les technologies de routage, de commutation et de réseautage sans fil d'entreprise. Il est aussi responsable de la gestion de l'ensemble de la gamme de solutions de sécurité de Cisco et dirige une équipe de spécialistes des ventes dévoués d'un océan à l'autre. M. Etman possède plus de 12 ans d'expérience dans l'industrie des télécommunications. Il est entré au service de l'équipe Cisco de l'Europe, du Moyen-Orient et de l'Afrique en 2006 en tant que directeur du développement des affaires de sécurité affecté à Dubaï. Il a une formation d'ingénieur mécanique et il a commencé sa carrière à titre d'ingénieur de systèmes de sécurité. Avant de grossir les rangs de Cisco, il a occupé divers postes au sein d'Internet Security Systems (qui fait maintenant partie d'IBM), y compris celui de directeur général des solutions techniques. Il a aussi été responsable de la mise sur pied de l'équipe ISS de la région du Moyen-Orient et de l'Afrique. M. Etman est titulaire d'un baccalauréat ès sciences de la American University du Caire.
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