Cisco Beefing Up Cloud Security With Skyport Buy

Cisco gains expertise and technology in hardware security to augment software tools.

Mitch Wagner, California Bureau Chief, Light Reading

January 25, 2018

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With its planned acquisition of Skyport Systems, Cisco is gaining technology and expertise in hardware security to go beyond locking down networks with software.

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), which announced intentions to acquire [company link 13886 not found] this week, was an investor in the company. While Cisco plans to discontinue Skyport's existing product line of secure hyperconverged servers, the networking giant plans to incorporate Skyport technology across product lines.

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When Skyport came out of stealth in 2015, the company told us that it had two major value propositions: One was providing easy-to-configure, secure infrastructure. That's an alternative to network operators having to configure their own platforms out of components from multiple sources, which is difficult and reduces security.

Secondly, Skyport enhanced security by building security into hardware, locking down networks tighter than conventional, software-based security.

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Mitch Wagner

California Bureau Chief, Light Reading

Mitch Wagner is California bureau chief for Light Reading.

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