Last spring, Cisco executives squashed rumors that it was planning to acquire network threat prevention vendor FireEye, but a Seeking Alpha article has brought those rumors to the forefront again.
The networking industry, like any industry that has been around for so long, always seems to be in the midst of consolidations. Larger vendors frequently purchase smaller companies, beefing up specific capabilities to address enterprise customer needs or buying their way into emerging markets.
With trends like bring your own device and the Internet of Things, there are frequently more devices connecting to the corporate network than IT administrators are actually aware of. According to ForeScout, when its detection and monitoring technologies are deployed within enterprises, they frequently discover an additional 20 to 30 percent of devices IT was unaware of.
In many ways, enterprises have lost control of their networks – at least when compared to networks of years past when all connections were inside the four walls of the organizations or, at the worst, were through secure VPN tunnels.
Palo Alto Networks has partnered with Mirantis in the hopes of beefing up security on OpenStack clouds. Through the partnership, Palo Alto will add virtual network function capabilities to the Mirantis OpenStack distribution.
Palo Alto Networks has brought on board the technology veteran who helped guide Gap Inc. through the transition to software-defined networking. The security-focused networking vendor announced this week it hired Naveen Zutshi to take on the CIO mantle.
A new product from Infoblox provides enterprises with the ability to apply behavioral analytics to DNS queries in real time. The new Infoblox DNS Threat Analytics product was designed to detect and block data exfiltration attempts using DNS as a communications pathway.
Cisco's largest certification partner had a difficult week.
Brocade has brought on a network security veteran to take on the role of vice president and security CTO.
Red Hat rolled out a new version of its Enterprise Linux distribution with a focus on improving network performance and boosting security, particularly for verticals like government, finance and military.