2013 Best Companies: By Technology

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Security: Cisco

CEO: John Chambers

This is another IT area with more than 30 vendors, some of them big names in security such as Kaspersky Labs, McAfee and Symantec. But solution providers gave the highest grades in this category to Cisco.

Cisco offers a broad line of products for network and data center security, compliance, access control, and security technologies developed around Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure.

In July, Cisco disclosed a deal to buy Sourcefire, a developer of intrusion detection and prevention systems, for $2.7 billion. Cisco said the acquisition, which it completed in October, significantly expanded its portfolio of threat protection products.


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