The Cisco security directive

Chris Young just celebrated his six-month anniversary as senior vice president of the recently formed Cisco Security Group reporting to Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior. He brings an interesting perspective to the position, hailing as he does from VMware and RSA. Young was senior vice president and general manager for VMware's end user computing solutions and, prior to that, senior vice president for products at RSA. After hearing Cisco CEO John Chambers proclaim in a recent teleconference that we could expect to see Cisco make big strides in security with Young onboard, Network World Editor in Chief John Dix tracked Young down for his vision and plans.

You're the first senior vice president to head the Cisco security team and the company has integrated two existing security groups under you. Tell us about the shifts.

Before I came onboard there was a senior VP of networking and he owned a lot of our wireless networking, our routing business, and security was part of that grouping of products. And last fall Cisco decided to elevate security to a SVP role and brought me in. Cisco has many businesses today, we're not only routing and switching. We have a data center business, we have a large collaboration business, and security needs to be more pervasive across everything we're doing.

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