Cisco borgs UK infosec bods

Chuck pries open Portcullis

Cisco Systems is buying Portcullis Computer Security, a UK-based firm specialising in consulting to enterprise and government clients.

Both firms are staying tight-lipped about the value of the deal which is expected to complete early in 2016. When that happens Portcullis employees will become part of the Cisco Security Solutions group, led by veep James Mobley

In a post on the Cisco blog, the network giant’s vice president of corporate business development Rob Salvagno says the move compliments the company’s acquisition of Neophapsis earlier this year.

Before it was acquired, Neophapsis mainly focused on mobile and cloud security. Cisco also picked up OpenDNS earlier this year.

Salvagno says the move will accelerate Cisco’s security services business outside of North America. “Portcullis has a long history of providing security consulting services in Europe, with an extensive customer network, and a respected reputation for penetration testing of web applications and infrastructure.”

He says Portcullis offers a range of security services including identifying vulnerabilities, forensic testing, auditing and training. “Together, Cisco and Portcullis will provide strategic guidance to our clients to help them with their most difficult security challenges”, he says.

Paul Doherty, co-founder and director at Portcullis says there is a strong strategic fit between the two companies and that they share similar views on addressing enterprise security. ®

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