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Cisco Acquisition of Sourcefire - the Smartest Move Ever

sourcefireAfter the Cisco acquisition of Sourcefire, Cisco has become the latest commodity as both have merged their technologies to provide services with unmatched security. Cisco had always been the leader when it came to networking and router equipment, and had at one time back in 2000, even outclassed Microsoft. Today, thanks to Sourcefire, it can provide security measures before, after, and indeed anytime during an attack, be it from any device or even to a cloud. Sourcefire, which was founded in 2001, saw a recent turnover of around $223.1 million in the year 2013.

New Team with New Services

The acquisition has brought with it a highly advanced team to monitor a level of security so advanced that it will be virtually impossible to crack the system. The security aims to do the following to any threats

  • Defend
  • Prevent
  • Discover
  • And repair

Cisco felt that the acquisition was necessary as, strictly speaking, a total and complete protection against today’s cyber threats is impossible to give. It needed to combine a future oriented, next-generation level security which it believes can only be provided by Sourcefire. Also, users are willing to invest any amount if the security is assured.

The New Future

Sourcefire and Cisco are going to work well in the future according to Hilton Romanski, the Vice President of Cisco. Both the companies are happy about the acquisition and Cisco is excited about the new horizons that it has opened thus far. Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco has to pay $76 for every share of Sourcefire it acquires in cash. The total may go up to $2.7 billion but Cisco is confident that it is a wise move as their customers can now benefit from a simple and easy to deploy security system with a higher intelligence.


Of course, cyber-attacks will never cease and malware users will always try new and ingenious ways to hack into security. Security service providers, on the other hand, will also never give up and will be constantly on the lookout for new ways of protection. Perhaps, this is why the Cisco acquisition of Sourcefire has become such a smart move. 

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