Cisco Accelerates Intent-Based Networking Offerings, Acquires Duo Security for $2.35B

Cisco has announced its intent to acquire privately-held Duo Security, headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan – a provider of unified access security and multi-factor authentication delivered through the cloud.

Duo Security’s solution verifies the identity of users and the health of their devices before granting them access to applications – helping prevent cybersecurity breaches. Integration of Cisco’s network, device and cloud security platforms with Duo Security’s zero-trust authentication and access products would enable Cisco customers to “easily and securely” connect users to any application on any networked device.

“In today’s multicloud world, the modern workforce is connecting to critical business applications both on- and off-premise,” said David Goeckeler, executive vice president and general manager of Cisco’s networking and security business. “IT teams are responsible for protecting hundreds of different perimeters that span anywhere a user makes an access decision. Duo’s zero-trust authentication and access products integrated with our network, device and cloud security platforms will enable our customers to address the complexity and challenges that stem from multi-and hybrid-cloud environments.”