Cisco has announced its plans to acquire Kenna Security. Kenna makes a platform for vulnerability management, which Cisco wants to incorporate into its own SecureX offering.

Kenna’s market is called risk-based vulnerability management. The company uses a combination of machine learning and other forms of data science to find ways to exploit a system. Based on this information, security teams can constantly respond to potential threats.

Kenna offering in SecureX

Cisco plans to add Kenna services to its own SecureX service. This is a cloud-native platform that allows users to manage their company’s security centrally. Cisco announced SecureX early last year. The platform includes all of Cisco’s security solutions.

Prioritising vulnerabilities

With Kenna’s services, Cisco wants to add scorecards that can be used to manage security and see the performance of threat response. This should help customers prioritise vulnerabilities and thus mitigate threats more quickly. “With the addition of Kenna Security, we will fundamentally strengthen our platform experience by giving customers the ability to prioritize vulnerabilities based on a robust risk methodology that is tuned to their unique needs,” said Jeetu Patel, senior vice president and general manager at Cisco.

Reshaping security

“Cisco is on a mission to reshape the way we think about security, and together we have a unique opportunity to fundamentally transform how organizations effectively manage risk at scale,” said Karim Toubba, CEO of Kenna Security. “As malicious actors continue to evolve their methods, we need to make it easier than ever for customers to predict, detect, prioritize and respond to the security threats that matter. The breadth and scale of Cisco coupled with Kenna Security’s mastery of machine-learning and data science will reshape how the entire industry addresses cyber risk.”

How much money is involved in the acquisition, Cisco is not disclosing. The acquisition is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021.

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