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Cisco Closes Kenna Security Buy For Added Vulnerability Management

Cisco is injecting vulnerability management into its SecureX platform with its now-closed deal for Kenna Security.

Cisco Systems sealed the deal to buy risk-based vulnerability management specialist Kenna Security Wednesday for an undisclosed sum.

The San Jose, Calif.-based networking giant said that Kenna Security’s technology will help “radically simplify” security and improve customers’ overall security posture.

Combined with Cisco’s threat intelligence SecureX platform, Kenna Security’s vulnerability management capabilities will help customers work cross-functionally to identify threats faster, improve collaboration between security and IT teams and reduce the attack surface, according to Cisco.

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San Francisco-based Kenna Security’s vulnerability management platform will help customers identify and prioritize an organization’s assets with a centralized, contextual view. Kenna Security’s technology also integrates with all major industry vulnerability assessment platforms, Cisco said in a statement on the deal.

“Cisco is helping customers and partners reimagine a future of work that is hybrid. As they work from anywhere, continue their transition to the cloud and manage the rapidly evolving threat landscape, we are focused on radically simplifying security. By taking a risk-based approach to vulnerability management, we are able to speed and automate threat detection and response, allowing users to quickly address the most pressing issues first,” said Jeetu Patel, executive vice president and general manager of Cisco Security and Collaboration.

Founded in 2010, Kenna Security employs 186 people and has raised $98.3 million in six rounds of outside funding, according to LinkedIn and Crunchbase. The company most recently closed a $48 million Series D round in September 2019 that was led by Citi Ventures and Sorenson Capital.

Cisco inked three acquisition deals in May, with Kenna Security being one of them. The tech giant also unveiled plans to acquire Sedonasys Systems, also known as Sedona Systems, a maker of communications technologies, and Socio Labs, an event technology startup.



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