Posts Tagged ‘SourceFire’
Cisco has made gains on its competitors in the network security market this quarter despite cynicism about its prospects post-Sourcefire acquisition.
Cisco’s surprise purchase of security specialist SourceFire has many speculating that other vendors that focus on thwarting sophisticate threats including Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks and others are now strong acquisition targets.
Members of the channel are concerned Sourcefire security specialists will not fit in with Cisco’s ‘stack it high, sell it cheap’ mentality.
Cisco Systems Inc. said today it will acquire IDS, IPS and anti-malware specialist Sourcefire Inc. for $2.7 billion to fill gaps in its security portfolio and deliver broader systems protection that wraps in advanced detection, response and remediation, and covers more of the enterprise from end points to the data center and cloud.
Sourcefire is upping the stakes in the advanced threat security race with the launch of an appliance touting file- and device-trajectory capabilities, additions that give partners new paths for high-margin forensic services.
On the heels of the Stonesoft acquisition that will position it better against next generation firewall competitors, McAfee has launched a power-driven IPS platform that it hopes will expand its reach amid a concerted network security push.
Dell SonicWall is eyeing an upmarket push with the latest next generation firewall release, a move that it hopes put it more on par with legacy rivals Cisco and others.
McAfee, an Intel subsidiary, announced the acquisition of Finland-based Stonesoft to rekindle efforts to penetrate the next-generation firewall market.
Fortinet brass points to softened services provider markets and uncertain global macroeconomic shifts that led it to miss Q1 projections — representing an about-face for the UTM firm that had experienced double-digit growth since its 2009 IPO.
A FireEye study indicated that organizations are being hit with advanced malware on average once every three minutes. For solution providers, its a statistic that likely will herald the need to rethink security approaches and retool portfolios with an advanced solutions makeover.