Palma's group will work closely with the Cisco security group headed up by its senior vice president, Chris Young. Palma will be reporting directly to Edzard Overbeek, senior vice president of Cisco services.
In comments on Cisco's security blog, Young said, "Over the past 20 years, the industry has been largely product focused, with customers deploying point products across the network in an effort to cover' all security gaps. Over time and with the arrival of mobile, social and cloud, customers now recognize that having all the security products in the world is not going to close all the gaps." He said customers now want more in the way of an integrated combination of "services, products and people," and that's what Cisco will aim to do.
Services may be part of Cisco's strategy for growth. In his Cisco security blog today, Young said "our goal at Cisco is to be the number one security partner for our customers" and stated "Cisco's integrated security strategy is to defend, discover and remediate the most critical threats. With world-class products, research teams, global intelligence, advanced threat protection -- and now services -- our customers will benefit from continuous security in more places across the infrastructure."
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