Cisco has been fairly quiet on the security front, although behind the scenes much appears to be happening. Among the most interesting recent moves was the creation of a senior vice president-level position for running Cisco's security engineering functions and the hiring of Chris Young, who, following highly regarded stints at VMware and RSA, now heads up Cisco's consolidated security businesses.
Young's hire, however, doesn't address the question of Cisco's next move. In its most recent Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls, researcher Gartner took a stab at it: "The ASA line is becoming somewhat dated, although Gartner expects Cisco to ship new models and software in 2012," the report stated. "Cisco has continued to consolidate its security products into a single business unit, and Gartner believes Cisco has had a significant effort under way to develop a [Next Generation FIrewall] product (and accompanying appliances) as a successor to the ASA firewall."