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Cisco Completes the Acquisition of OpenDNS

Cisco Completes the Acquisition of OpenDNS

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Cisco Completes the Acquisition of OpenDNS

Enhancing advanced threat protection on a cloud delivered, SaaS platform across the full attack continuum — before, during and after an attack.

Cisco Completes the Acquisition of OpenDNS

SAN JOSE, Calif. —On August 27, Cisco announced it has completed the acquisition of OpenDNS, a privately held company that provides advanced threat protection for any device, anywhere, anytime.

OpenDNS' threat protection capabilities complement and enhance Cisco's current cloud security offerings across the Cisco franchise and we will unite the cloud-delivered solutions into a set of differentiated offers. OpenDNS' Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform is fast and easy to deploy, accelerating time to value for customers as part of their defense architecture or incident response strategies.

Security, cloud and software are critical components of Cisco's strategy. This acquisition exemplifies Cisco's innovation framework and supports the foundational priority to be the leader in the security market across all customer segments.

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Q: Why is Cisco acquiring a security company like OpenDNS now? What does this mean for Cisco's current security network/platform?
A: Customer networks are rapidly becoming more decentralized as more and more user traffic is bound for the internet and SaaS based applications. This often takes the form of a direct Internet connection from a remote site or a direct connection from a mobile device. As this happens traditional security capabilities and controls must also shift to the cloud. Cisco is always focused on anticipating and capturing disruptions and OpenDNS positions Cisco to accelerate this disruption.
 
This acquisition builds on Cisco's Security Everywhere approach by adding broad visibility and threat intelligence from the OpenDNS cloud platform, accessed by more than 65 million users daily. OpenDNS' Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform is fast and easy to deploy, accelerating time to value for customers as part of their defense architecture or incident response strategies. OpenDNS' threat protection capabilities complement and enhance Cisco's current cloud security offerings across the Cisco franchise. After close we will integrate them as combined offers with greater value and differentiated capabilities. Together, Cisco and OpenDNS will enhance advanced threat protection across the full attack continuum — before, during and after an attack.
 
Q: Can you explain OpenDNS' technology or product offerings?
A: OpenDNS offers a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform that is fast and easy to deploy, accelerating time to value for customers as part of their defense architecture or incident response strategies. OpenDNS provides broad visibility and threat intelligence from their cloud platform, which is accessed by more than 65 million users daily.
 
Q: What is Cisco's security strategy?
A: Cisco provides one of the industry's most comprehensive advanced threat protection portfolio of products, solutions and services that is integrated, pervasive, continuous and open. Cisco's threat-centric approach to security reduces complexity, while providing unmatched visibility, consistent control and advanced threat protection across the entire attack continuum — before, during, and after an attack.
 
As more workloads move to the cloud, adding complexity to the extended network, Cisco further leverages the power of the cloud and cloud-delivered security, using it to accelerate time to value and enhance threat visibility for faster discovery of advanced threats that may have penetrated defenses. By embedding security everywhere across the extended network, security becomes an enabler for business to take full and secure advantage of opportunities presented by new digital business models and the Internet of Things (IoT).
 
Q: What product gaps in Cisco's security portfolio did the business try to address with this acquisition?
A: This acquisition builds on Cisco's Security Everywhere approach adding broad visibility and threat intelligence from the OpenDNS cloud platform, accessed by more than 65 million users daily. OpenDNS' Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform is fast and easy to deploy, accelerating time to value for customers as part of their defense architecture or incident response strategies. OpenDNS' threat protection capabilities complement and enhance Cisco's current cloud security offerings across the Cisco franchise. After close we will integrate them as combined offers with greater value and differentiated capabilities. Together, Cisco and OpenDNS will enhance advanced threat protection across the full attack continuum — before, during and after an attack.

OpenDNS Customers:
If you are an existing customer or partner of OpenDNS and have questions about your product or service, please continue to contact your existing OpenDNS sales representative. You can learn more at the OpenDNS acquisition info page.

Cisco Customers:
If you are an existing customer or partner of Cisco and have questions about your product or services, please continue to contact your existing Cisco sales representative.

OpenDNS customers should continue to use the existing process for support on OpenDNS technology. Cisco will notify you in advance of any change to the support process.

Cisco customers should continue to use the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) for technical support on Cisco products. For more information about opening a technical support case and for regional TAC telephone numbers, refer to Cisco Worldwide Support Contacts.

For more information, visit the Services and Support for OpenDNS website.

Cisco is committed to be the security market leader across all industry segments with our partners. The OpenDNS acquisition is well aligned to Cisco's goal of developing innovative cloud security offerings and accelerating sales for partners.

By offering OpenDNS, Partners will:

  • Gain recurring revenue streams that are quick and simple to deliver and accelerate time to value for customers as part of their defense architecture or incident response strategies.
  • Enable customers to make their threat intelligence actionable with automated global enforcement on any device, anytime and anywhere with the first API integration of Cisco AMP Threat Grid with OpenDNS Umbrella.
  • Expand their security practice with the OpenDNS portfolio and the OpenDNS integration with Cisco AMP Threat Grid in several key customer segments.
  • Provide customers with advanced threat protection and detection capabilities across the full attack continuum — before, during, and after an attack.

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Accelerating Cisco's Security Innovation

The acquisition builds on Cisco's Security Everywhere strategy adding broad visibility, threat intelligence and protection from the OpenDNS cloud delivered platform, accessed by more than 65 million global users daily.