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Cisco Acquires Neohapsis: A Sign of the Times

Posted: December 11, 2014   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Cybersecurity, Cisco, cybersecurity skills shortage, security services

Yesterday, Cisco Systems announced the acquisition of Neohapsis, a Chicago-based security consulting and services firm.  Now Cisco’s forte is in moving bits from source to destination and inspecting packets to enforce security rules and policies.  So why is an equipment manufacturer buying a cybersecurity body shop?  Several reasons:

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Why is Cisco Getting into Security Services?

Posted: September 18, 2013   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Cisco, Information and Risk Management, Security and Privacy, security services, managed services

Last week, Cisco announced that it was forming a services group to deliver professional and managed security services. The company also announced the hiring of Bryan Palma as Senior VP and GM to lead this new group. Palma comes to Cisco from Boeing where he held the title of VP of cyber and security solutions.

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The Enterprise Security Model Is Experiencing “Death by a Thousand Cuts”

Posted: August 15, 2013   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Network Security, Cybersecurity, Information and Risk Management, Security and Privacy, Security, endpoint security, enterprise security, compliance, CISO, mssp, security operations, security services, CISSP, identity management

If enterprise security were an automobile it would be a Ford Taurus circa 1995. Good car way back when and still running but burning oil, barely passing inspection, and held together by bondo today.

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Security Services Continue to Grow -- In the Enterprise

Posted: June 27, 2012   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: IBM, Cloud Computing, EMC, Private Cloud Infrastructure, Information and Risk Management, HP, Security and Privacy, Security, SIEM, Symantec, RSA, CISO, CSC, BT, mssp, Verizon, Unisys, security services, venture capital, Server Virtualization, security skills, Public Cloud Service

In my last blog, I presented some data about the extremely critical but often ignored security skills shortage. While 55% of enterprise organizations (i.e., more than 1,000 employees) plan to add information security headcount this year, 83% say it is "extremely difficult" or "somewhat difficult" to recruit and hire these folks.

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Information Security Skills Shortage Continues

Posted: January 19, 2012   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Information Security, Cybersecurity, Information and Risk Management, Security and Privacy, federal government, ISC2, NIST, security services, CISSP, security skills, cloud security

Like other analyst firms, ESG conducts research on IT Spending Intentions annually. The latest 2012 report will be published soon, but in the meantime, I've taken a look at the data that will be included. One of the things we track is IT hiring plans in all areas including IT security.

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