Cisco Invests Significantly in Multicloud Security Through Isovalent Agreement

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Cisco Invests Significantly in Multicloud Security Through Isovalent Agreement

Cisco is concluding a dynamic year of acquisitions by solidifying its position in multicloud networking and security through a new strategic deal.

The technology behemoth has declared its intent to acquire Isovalent, a pioneering cloud-native security and networking startup renowned for its contributions to prominent visibility projects like eBPF, Cilium, and Tetragon. Cisco, in an official statement, emphasized the significance of eBPF, an open-source technology offering unparalleled insights into the inner workings of operating systems. According to Cisco, eBPF serves as a foundation for constructing security systems capable of safeguarding workloads during runtime.

Cilium, another key focus of Isovalent, concentrates on enhancing visibility within cloud-native applications. Specifically designed to monitor traffic between containers, Cilium serves as the default connectivity and security component for major platforms such as Google Kubernetes Engine, Google Anthos, and Amazon EKS Anywhere. Tetragon, the third project developed by Isovalent, furnishes security controls for protecting workloads during execution by collecting crucial information about an application’s internal processes.

This strategic acquisition aims to augment Cisco’s existing “Security Cloud,” an AI-driven, cloud-delivered integrated security platform. Tom Gillis, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Cisco’s Security Business Group, underscored the importance of establishing a credible hybrid, multicloud security capability to simplify operational complexities for customers.

Noteworthy is Cisco’s commitment to preserving and advancing the open-source projects initiated by Isovalent. The collaboration between Cisco and Isovalent will leverage the capabilities of Cilium and Tetragon to create truly distinctive multicloud security and networking features. Isovalent’s Cilium Mesh will complement Cisco’s software-defined networking solutions, while eBPF will harness hardware acceleration for networking functions. The integration of threat intelligence from Cisco Talos will fortify security measures across diverse cloud environments.

In 2023 alone, Cisco executed a total of 11 acquisitions, with six specifically dedicated to bolstering security initiatives. This strategic move began with the announcement of plans to acquire Valtix, a cloud network security startup, in February. Subsequent acquisitions included Lightspin, a cloud security software company in March, and Armorblox in May, contributing to the enhancement of Cisco’s AI-driven Security Cloud with predictive and generative AI technologies. In July, the addition of Oort, an identity threat detection and response startup, further strengthened Cisco’s security portfolio. Notably, the largest deal took place in September when Cisco acquired Splunk for a substantial $28 billion.

Following the completion of the acquisition, Isovalent is poised to become an integral part of Cisco’s Security Business Group in the second quarter of 2024 (third quarter of Cisco’s fiscal year). The financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed at this time.