On 30th June, the networking giant Cisco announced an agreement to acquire OpenDNS for $635 million.
OpenDNS has a strong security expertise and provides Umbrella, a cloud-based security platform to avoid phishing attacks, botnets and malware at the DNS layer.
Cisco wants to extend Umbrella to the IoT, so that enterprises can avoid security breaches and malicious threats for millions of connected devices through the cloud. The aim is to protect non-enterprise networks wherever the user is and regardless of the device.
This move is another step in Cisco System’s strategy that sits on-top of the recent complimentary acquisitions including Sourcefire and ThreatGrid. OpenDNS will help Cisco to better understanding threats at the device level.
Being a cloud-based software as a service, OpenDNS is easy to deploy and also very scalable. The CEO of OpenDNS, David Ulevitch, assured that the company will continue to work and provide its services.