Gartner Research

Cisco Commits to Security With Sourcefire Buy, but Alignment Will Take Time

Published: 02 August 2013

ID: G00255564

Analyst(s): Greg Young, Jeremy D'Hoinne , Adam Hils

Summary

Cisco aims its short-term prospects at immediate network security revenue, adds a more advanced NGIPS product and gains new intellectual property in advanced threat detection. CISOs should understand the product overlaps, buying implications, and impact on Sourcefire and Cisco user communities.

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  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Sourcefire's strong security research team could help Cisco boost its network security clout and offer valuable threat information to your incident response team
  • Cisco and Sourcefire's 24- to 36-month product will leave room for CISOs engaged in long-term planning to evaluate new or updated products
  • FireAMP will give Cisco malware-detection technology that could enable it to develop an advanced threat platform, helping malware mitigation teams fight complex threats
  • Cisco's ownership could adversely affect the open-source Snort and ClamAV communities, reducing their perceived credibility and usefulness

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