From Wednesday's earnings call:
Security, we made the number-one priority in engineering, not because of its short-term opportunities but because of its long-term importance architecturally. There's no way you can do security as pinpoint products. ... It has to be integrated with every piece of ASIC, every software, every architecture within it. Padma [Padmasree Warrior, CTO], you and Brett [Galloway, senior VP of wireless, security and routing] own that for me. I expect great things, but I'm realistic: That's over two to three years.
The wording is fractured, but you get the idea. Chambers says security needs to be everywhere. It transcends any single firewall or intrusion prevention products.
Cisco has to love the sound of that. I often jab at the company's "end-to-end" ambitions. Everything has to be a platform or a framework or some other thing that involves buying a suite of products.
But in network security, that approach has some credence. I subscribe to what Bruce Schneier has been preaching for years: Security is a process, not a product. Watch for Cisco to try to turn that process into a product.
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading