Cisco Acquires Securent
Why? Many people [Burton group] who [Ian Glazer] are[Jackson Shaw] more[Dave Kearns] qualified[Forrester] than[Ian Yip] me have expressed their opinion on this subject. The main reason for the acquisition proposed -
- Cisco has finally seen the light and decided to enter the IAM space - I do not think this makes much sense given that they are not a software stack company, not even a software infrastructure company (like Symantec, Oracle, SAP, etc).
- Cisco needed a product to build identity based authorization into network and hence all its products - I think it is a result of reading too much by us entitlement management guys in to it and the way we would like to see the world.
- If externalization is being performed at administration level, then how do you expose widely different access control model (a SaaS site's model would probably be very different from Web Conferencing / IP Phones access model) through same interface without sacrificing usability, flexibility and asking users to learn a new policy language.
- If standardization/externalization is being performed at evaluation level, then how do you meet different performance requirements of different access control models through same generic engine. In addition to that keeping different implementations (on different platforms) for same policy evaluation algorithm with various performance tweaks can be tough.