Cisco Gears Up for 5G with Security-Focused Cloud-Native Acquisitions

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By Michela Menting | 4Q 2020 | IN-5991


Acquiring Competency


Cisco has announced two key acquisitions in the last month that will provide a nice addition to its secure 5G toolset: Portshift and Banzai Cloud. The first is an Israeli startup that focuses on cloud-native application security. The second is a Hungarian outfit developing secure cloud-native applications. Both solutions address Kubernetes security challenges. The acquired teams and the assets will be folded into Cisco’s Emerging Technologies and Incubation group, which looks to develop new projects for cloud-native networking, security, and edge computing environments.

New Cellular Demands Better Security


The acquisitions are a great fit for the fifth generation of cellular technologies that Communication Service Providers (CSP) have started rolling out. 5G is a significant departure from its predecessors, in that it embraces software-based solutions and cloud-native environments right at the core itself. Virtualization and cloud being the operative words, CSPs will need to integrate these capabilities if they want to quickly spin …

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