Cisco announces intent to acquire Observable Networks

Cisco announces intent to acquire Observable Networks

Cisco announces its intention to acquire privately held Observable Networks. Observable Networks was founded in 2011. Cisco says that Observable will help extend their Stealthwatch platform. The team will become part of the Business Group. The acquisition is expected to complete in the first quarter of fiscal year 2018.

The Observable Networks Dynamic Endpoint Modeling uses five different behaviours to understand the network traffic.

  • Forecast: This uses past observations to predict differences in current network traffic as potential issues.
  • Group: This uses groups of devices to decide if an individual device has anomalous traffic behaviours.
  • Role: Uses behaviours defined for a particular role of a device, and marks traffic that doesn’t match these as anomalous.
  • Rule: Uses rule-based algorithms to find correctness of network protocols and behaviours.
  • Consistency: Looks at the consistency of network traffic behaviours.

Their solution does this without agents deployed on the endpoints, meaning it works with any device. A free virtual appliance, which supports connection either as a SPAN port, or as or equivalent flow exports, enables this.

John Dixon

John Dixon is the Principal Consultant of thirteen-ten nanometre networks Ltd, based in Wiltshire, United Kingdom. He has a wide range of experience, (including, but not limited to) operating, designing and optimizing systems and networks for customers from global to domestic in scale. He has worked with many international brands to implement both data centres and wide-area networks across a range of industries. He is currently supporting a major SD-WAN vendor on the implementation of an environment supporting a major global fast-food chain.

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