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Cisco Announces its Intent to Acquire Kenna Security
With this acquisition, Cisco will transform the way security and IT teams collaborate to reduce the attack surface, and the time it takes to detect and respond.
FREMONT, CA: Cisco announced its intent to acquire Kenna Security, Inc., a privately held cybersecurity company headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. Kenna's risk-based vulnerability management technology enables organizations to work cross-functionally to identify, prioritize and remediate cyber risks rapidly.
With Kenna's technology, Cisco Security will be combining threat and risk-based vulnerability management as part of the SecureX platform, expanding the platform experience and enabling comprehensive scorecards for security controls and threat response performance. This integration will help customers prioritize vulnerabilities; speed and automate decision making with tailored information, and accelerate response time for cyber readiness.
"Hybrid work is here to stay, and the increasing complexity of cybersecurity is our customers' biggest challenge. We must radically simplify security to stay ahead of the evolving threat landscape," said Jeetu Patel, senior vice president, and general manager, Cisco Security and Collaboration. "Our goal is to unify all critical control points into a single platform. With the addition of Kenna Security, we will fundamentally strengthen our platform experience by giving customers the ability to prioritize vulnerabilities based on a robust risk methodology that is tuned to their unique needs."
The acquisition of Kenna Security with Cisco's SecureX platform will help customers:
Discover and prioritize their organization's assets with a centralized, contextual view
Speed decision making with prioritization of vulnerability data based on threat intelligence and asset business value
Accelerate and simplify response with orchestration to proactively perform patch management or deploy virtual patching
Reduce friction associated with compliance efforts with a simple and easy way to generate compliance reports
Enhance collaboration between security and IT teams to deal with vulnerabilities to reduce the risk for businesses effectively
"Cisco is on a mission to reshape the way we think about security, and together we have a unique opportunity to fundamentally transform how organizations effectively manage risk at scale," said Karim Toubba, CEO of Kenna Security. "As malicious actors continue to evolve their methods, we need to make it easier than ever for customers to predict, detect, prioritize and respond to the security threats that matter. The breadth and scale of Cisco coupled with Kenna Security's mastery of machine-learning and data science will reshape how the entire industry addresses cyber risk."