Cisco to buy Israeli cybersecurity co Portshift for $100m

Portshift  / Photo: PR
Portshift / Photo: PR

Cisco SVP: The Portshift team is building capabilities that span a large portion of the lifecycle of the cloud-native application.

Cisco has announced that it is to buy Israeli cybersecurity company Portshift. No financial details were disclosed but market sources believe the acquisition is for around $100 million. 

Portshift was founded in 2018 in the Team8 cybersecurity foundry in Tel Aviv by serial entrepreneurs CEO Ran Ilany, former head of security infrastructure division at Check Point Technologies, and CTO Zohar Kaufman, co-founder and previously VP R&D at CTERA Networks and VP R&D at SofaWare technologies. Portshift has raised $5.3 million in seed funding from Team8 and has 15 employees.

Cisco SVP for Strategy, Emerging Technologies & Incubation Liz Centoni said, "The Portshift team is building capabilities that span a large portion of the lifecycle of the cloud-native application. They bring cloud native application security capabilities and expertise for containers and service meshes for Kubernetes environments to Cisco, which will allow us to move toward the delivery of security for all phases of the application development lifecycle.

She added, "When the acquisition closes in the first half of Cisco’s FY21, the Portshift team will join Cisco’s ET&I group. We are thrilled to have the Portshift team join Cisco!"

Centoni continued, "Cisco plans to tap into our enterprise experience and market leading assets in security, visibility and insights, application performance management, and networking and build on what has been already deployed in this space. This will act as a catalyst for providing end-to-end application and API security solutions for cloud-native, application-first businesses."

Portshift is a Kubernetes-native security platform, enabling devops, security and operations teams to continuously secure the entire containerized applications life-cycle, from code to runtime.

Portshift is the second Team8-incubated company being acquired. The previous acquisition of a Team8-incubated company was Sygnia, which was bought by Temasek for $250 million.

Published by Globes, Israel business news - - on October 1, 2020

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Portshift  / Photo: PR
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