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SAN FRANCISCO -- Cisco Systems Inc.'s $2.7 billion acquisition of Sourcefire last year signaled a strategic turning point for the Cisco product roadmap in regard to network security. The networking giant recently announced the first notable changes with the addition of Sourcefire's Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) technology to its line of Web, email and cloud content gateway products. According to Martin Roesch, vice president and chief architect of Cisco's security group, that's only the beginning.
"People are going to be surprised at how much we're going to be able to do and how much we're going to leverage each other's capabilities over the next [few] months and years," Roesch said.
In this interview at the 2014 RSA Conference, Roesch discusses the challenges of bringing the two companies' perimeter firewall, next-generation firewall and IPS technologies together, as well as his hopes for a centralized management product. He also explains the ways in which Sourcefire's unique technology might be applied to Cisco's broad base of existing network security customers.
Finally Roesch discusses Cisco's new OpenAppID open source Snort plugin for application control, and what's ahead for Snort and Cisco's open source security product portfolio.