Consolidation continues in the realm of IT security vendors as companies work to grow and round out their offerings.
Interesting is not the word for this purchase/acquisition by Microsoft of LinkedIn. I will reserve judgment at this time because it appears Microsoft is initially going to remain hands off in terms of brand and function. I do expect significant integration into Microsoft’s business-centric cloud offerings including Office 365 to happen sooner rather than later.
This appears to be a clear play for the AI technology since Microsoft has largely divested itself of its Nokia holdings. That said, the rumors of a Surface phone might also mean additional value for this acquisition.
I am very curious to see how this particular acquisition works out. OpenDNS has a massive repository of relevant security content and Cisco has the power to fully leverage that info. This may turn out to be a serious push is a good direction for the security team at Cisco.
This is a great article discussing the daunting task facing all CISO’s when they acquire IT security technologies.
And the acquisition party continues as HP adds another security arrow to its quiver. Voltage has proven to be a strong performer in the encryption space, with many relying on Voltage for email encryption and the newer big data modules. This is a potentially good move by HP to strengthen its overall portfolio.
Given the significance of both organizations in the world of IT networking and mobile technologies, this merger/acquisition is intriguing from an IT security perspective. Among other technologies, HP will add to its portfolio Aruba’s ClearPass authentication management platform.