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Here's why Cisco is acquiring a cloud security service firm (+ video)

Cisco's campus on Kit Creek Road in RTP

Jul, 14 2017, 10:12 AM

Cisco, which operates one of its largest corporate campuses in RTP, is making another acquisition. The head of Cisco's M&A and venture investment team explains why it's buying Observable Networks.

The latest emerging firm to become part of Cisco is St. Louis-based Observable networks.

"The acquisition target provides dynamic network behavior monitoring to help security teams find anomalies that could indicate a breach," reports NetworkWorld.

The deal was announced Thursday.

Why make the buy?

Rob Salvagno, Vice President of Corporate Business Development and head of Cisco’s M&A and venture investment team explains:

"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. ... 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."

Cisco has invested more than $4 billion just this year in acquisitions.

Read more about the latest deal at:

https://blogs.cisco.com/news/cisco-announces-cloud-security-news





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