Cisco Acquires CloudLock to Secure Cloud Services

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    2016 Cloud Security Trends: Confidence on the Rise

    Now that cloud computing has for all intents and purposes become a mainstream element of enterprise IT, attention is turning toward securing those services. With that specific issue in mind, Cisco this week announced it has plunked down $293 million to acquire CloudLock, a provider of cloud access security brokering software delivered as a service using REST application programming interfaces (APIs).

    The acquired technology is destined to become part of Cisco’s Networking and Security Business Group. Derek Idemoto, vice president of corporate development for Cisco, says there’s no overlap between Cisco’s existing portfolio of security technologies and the technology CloudLock developed to enable IT departments to manage who inside an organization can access a particular cloud service.

    Idemoto says Cisco is developing a broad cloud security portfolio that customers will be able to invoke as a service or a la carte using technologies they deploy on premise. The CloudLock acquisition represents a significant step forward for Cisco in terms of being able to deliver security as a service, says Idemoto.

    While most internal IT organizations were clearly caught off guard by the rise of cloud computing, it’s now apparent that most of them are now responsible for how those services are used. In some cases, that means controlling the acquisition of those services. In other cases, the internal IT organization is simply asked to provision them.

    Naturally, the degree to which cloud services are invoked will vary by vertical industry. But whenever a breach occurs involving those services, IT organizations can count on being held to account for it, whether it’s their fault or not.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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