Cisco's Security Ambitions
As has been mentioned several times, Chris Young (left), Cisco's new-ish SVP, security technologies business unit, was a star attraction at the Partner Summit without ever taking the main stage. It's not hard to understand why; Young, who joined Cisco in November as its first-ever, SVP-level security boss, is taking over a Cisco area in which many solution providers and industry observers feel Cisco is lacking.
Some analysts have speculated that Cisco is hard at work on a next-generation firewall product to succeed its Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) line and enable it to better compete with NGFW vendors like Check Point, Palo Alto Networks and SonicWall. Still others think Cisco will acquire in this area -- something CEO John Chambers himself hinted at in a CRN interview last year. Based on all the continued attention, it's hard to imagine Cisco doesn't have something cooking in security.