Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Portshift
October 01, 2020

Cisco entered into an agreement to acquire Portshift, a privately held company based in Tel Aviv, Israel, focused on application security solutions.

Portshift provides a platform that continuously secures cloud-native applications on Kubernetes environments

Liz Centoni, SVP Emerging Technologies and Incubation at Cisco said: "Today, the application security space is highly fragmented with many vendors addressing only part of the problem. The Portshift team is building capabilities that span a large portion of the lifecycle of the cloud-native application. They bring cloud native application security capabilities and expertise for containers and service meshes for Kubernetes environments to Cisco, which will allow us to move toward the delivery of security for all phases of the application development​ lifecycle."

Centoni adds: "Portshift aligns to Cisco’s approach of providing secure connectivity between users, devices and apps, wherever they reside; visibility and actionable insights from the end user to the application; a simplified consumption model that includes cloud-first Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) capabilities; commitment to an open source and open standards philosophy; and breaking down the siloes between developers, security teams, infrastructure teams, operations and SRE teams."

When the acquisition closes in the first half of Cisco’s FY21, the Portshift team will join Cisco’s ET&I group.

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