Integration of Security Services and Its Growing Popularity and Use

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In the last decade, there have been a number of corporate acquisitions and mergers resulting in the expansion and enhancement of security products and their service offerings. Cisco is a most recent example. The networking giant just bought Sourcefire, a network security solutions provider, in a bid to “add better intrusion prevention systems, firewalls, and malware protection to Cisco’s mix,” according to a statement provided to CNN. The company did not balk at spending over $2 billion in this acquisition, emphasizing the importance of protecting data. “The notion of the ‘perimeter’ no longer exists and today’s sophisticated threats are able to circumvent traditional, disparate security products. Organisations require continuous and pervasive advanced threat protection that addresses each phase of the attack continuum,” cited Cisco Security Group head Christopher Young. Meanwhile, one of Canada’s largest cable services provider, Eastlink, has included home security to its menu of services. “We consider home security a natural extension of the integrated services we currently offer and another step towards achieving the fully connected household,” said Deborah Shaffner, COO and President of the company. In Australia, The Sydney Morning Herald reported that McDonald’s stores are being equipped with an innovative commercial security system that sprays burglars with synthetic DNA, which has a tracer that is only visible under UV light, as well as a “unique DNA code” that links the robbers to the crime scene. You may also have heard of security that allows one to view or manage the establishment being monitored via a smartphone or a tablet PC. These are just some of the consequences of the efforts to integrate various security...