Cisco to buy OpenDNS to boost Security Everywhere initiative
Cisco is acting quickly on its new Security Everywhere initiative with the announcement that it plans to buy Internet security service provider OpenDNS for $635 million in cash plus other considerations.
In announcing Security Everywhere at the Cisco Live conference earlier this month the company said one element of the initiative would be using the network as both a sensor and an enforcer of security policy. The sensors are embedded in Cisco gear and the enforcement could be augmented by the OpenDNS service.
OpenDNS, founded in 2005, offers a cloud service that prevents customers from connecting to dangerous Internet IP addresses, such as those known to be associated with criminal activity, botnets and malicious downloads.