What scares Cisco Security CTO?

Vista is out, to everybody’s love or hate. And some people are scared. Bob Gleichauf, the chief technology officer in Cisco Systems’ security technology group, is one of them:

Parts of Vista scare me. Anything with that level of systems complexity will have new threats, as well as bringing new solutions. It’s always a struggle in security, trying to build for what you don’t know.

Vista will solve a lot of problems. But for every action, there’s a reaction and unforeseen side-effects and mutations. Networks can become more brittle unintentionally.

It strikes me that is the above passage, you really can replace Vista with any modern and reasonably complex system (Linux, Lexus LS 460L, you name it) – and it won’t change much. Mr Gleichauf is scared of new technologies.

FUD is bad business. But apparently Cisco is betting on it. They should go back to switching and routing.

2 thoughts on “What scares Cisco Security CTO?”

  1. What Mr. Gleichauf’s comment on Vista would be right now is everyone’s guess. That is because he didn’t come up with any thereafter.

    But that is not the point.

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