Cisco acquires security consultancy

UK-based Portcullis will allow expansion, complement Neohapsis buy

Cisco this week said it intends to purchase Portcullis, a privately held cybersecurity consultancy based in the United Kingdom.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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James Mobley, Cisco vice president of security solutions

Portcullis provides cybersecurity services to enterprise and the government sector clients, mostly in Europe. Cisco said the acquisition will help accelerate its own security services business and expand its security consulting services outside of North America.

Cisco said it will also complement last year’s acquisition of Neohapsis, a security consulting firm that evaluates corporate security, risk and compliance, including payment card industry, HIPAA and HITECH compliance, security assessment, penetration testing, incident response and risk management.

Portcullis’ security consulting services include assessments to identify vulnerabilities, forensic testing, first responder training to prepare for attacks, policy review and creation, security awareness training, and overall security posture audits. Cisco says this portfolio will help it offer a range of security, risk and compliance services to help clients overcome operational and technical security challenges, and anticipate and respond to new threats.  

The Portcullis acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of Cisco’s fiscal year 2016. Portcullis will join the Cisco Security Solutions organization headed by Vice President James Mobley.

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