If you have been following AlgoSec and our blog, you probably have noticed an evolution in our strategy. From our work with some of the world’s most forward-thinking companies (with extremely complex networks and processes), we have recognized that security infrastructure is not just about security. Firewalls, routers and web proxies exist first and foremost to enable the business, and the critical applications that power it, to function properly. Recognizing and understanding the challenge of managing security policies in data centers and corporate networks, we have evolved our strategic vision to focus on enabling organizations to manage security at the speed of business. What does this mean?
It seems there is never a dull moment in the security mergers and acquisitions arena. Not long after McAfee announced it is acquiring StoneSoft, Cisco announced yesterday that it is acquiring SourceFire for $2.7B, a 30% premium over the stock’s price.
Last week I had the privilege of chatting with @Ira_Victor from the Cyber Jungle on the topic of thinking differently about how we configure corporate firewalls. While we typically think about firewalls as blocking bad network traffic, firewalls aren't just security devices. If we flip it around a bit, firewalls can also be enabling devices.
Big news from McAfee on Monday, acquiring Stonesoft for $389M in cash – a whopping 128% premium on Stonesoft’s closing price last Friday. It’s not often that a firewall vendor gets acquired – here are my quick takes on the acquisition:
In today's interconnected environment, no large organization can run without the applications that run both its internal operations (email, HR, Finance etc.) as well as its customer- and partner-facing operations (E.g. Online banking if you’re a bank, or E-Commerce if you are an online retailer). The challenge is that much like complexity that we've seen with network security, application development has also seen a dramatic rise in complexity. Think about the following: