10 Things We Learned At Cisco Partner Summit


Cisco Has Big Security Plans

Chris Young (left), Cisco's senior vice president, security technologies business unit, was mentioned so often by Cisco senior management during the show -- from John Chambers to Padmasree Warrior -- you'd think he were taking over the whole company. Young, who joined Cisco in November after highly regarded stints at RSA and VMware, is the first SVP-level security executive Cisco's had in its engineering organization.

All those mentions, coupled with several executives making repeated mentions of Cisco's evolving security strategy, add up to a potentially major move on the horizon for Cisco. It has been speculated for some time that Cisco is at work on a next generation firewall (NGFW) product to succeed its ASA line, but still other pundits believe Cisco will acquire a NGFW vendor to fill security holes. Something's coming.

 



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