Cisco Acquires OpenDNS and Increases Cloud Security

Just over a month after first announcing its intention to acquire privately held security vendor OpenDNS for $635 million, Cisco today has closed the deal.

As part of the deal, David Ulevitch, founder of OpenDNS, is now a Cisco Security Business Group Vice Cisco OpenDNSPresident. The Cisco Security Business Group is under the overall leadership of David Goeckeler.

“Delivering pervasive security capabilities from the cloud is a core part of our mission to provide Security Everywhere across the extended network, from data center to the cloud to mobile devices,” Goeckeler said in a statement. “By integrating the OpenDNS platform with Cisco’s security solutions, customers will receive greater network visibility and threat intelligence for cloud-delivered protection against malicious websites and threats.”

The first step of the integration is also being announced today with the Cisco AMP (Advanced Malware Protection) Threat Grid malware analysis cloud service being integrated with the OpenDNS Umbrella service.

The Threat Grid technology itself was acquired by Cisco in May 2014 and integrated into Cisco’s AMP platform in April of this year. AMP itself was also brought into the Cisco fold by way of the $2.7 billion acquisition of SourceFire in 2013.

“This new integration between cloud services provides OpenDNS users with a constantly updated list of the newly identified malicious domains from the latest malware samples available,” David Ulevitch, founder of OpenDNS, wrote in a blog post. “When a customer sends files to AMP Threat Grid, malicious domains will be automatically added to OpenDNS Umbrella in minutes, with no user interaction.”

Ulevitch added that OpenDNS Umbrella will log or block all Internet activity, including data exfiltration, destined to these domains on any device — on or off the corporate network.

The OpenDNS Umbrella service itself first got started back in 2012, when Ulevitch rebranded his company’s cloud-based malware services under the name “Umbrella.”

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Enterprise Networking Planet and Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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