Networking giant Cisco is teaming up with Elastica, a cloud security startup, in a move that will see the two firms combine their threat intelligence and cloud service monitoring technologies.
The partnership will also see Cisco resell Elastica’s cloud application security and monitoring solution (CloudSOC) to its customers.
“The combination of Cisco’s threat-centric security portfolio and Elastica’s innovation in cloud application security provides a unique opportunity. Our global customers gain additional levels of visibility and control for cloud applications and it enhances our portfolio of advanced cloud-delivered security offerings,” said Scott Harrell, vice president of product management, Cisco Security Business Group.
“We are excited to partner with Elastica to deliver an even richer portfolio of on–premises and cloud application security to protect businesses across the attack continuum – before, during, and after an attack,” Harrell said.
The move is a big win for Elastica, a startup that existed stealth in early 2014 and just last month secured $30m in funding. Cisco will provide the security startup with a large and varied channel that spans both the enterprise and scale-out markets, while Cisco can plug a gap in its burgeoning cloud-centric portfolio (that said, it’s possible the move is a precursor to an acquisition).
“CIOs want to empower employees with advanced cloud apps that help enterprises stay agile, productive and competitive in the marketplace. The power of these cloud apps – information sharing and built-in collaboration capabilities – also require a completely new approach to security,” said Rehan Jalil, president and chief executive of Elastica.
“Elastica’s cloud app security technology, together with Cisco’s broad security portfolio and footprint, will help us catalyze the safe and compliant use of cloud apps so that our customers can continue to securely make their businesses more agile and productive,” Jalil said.