Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) announced its intent to acquire OpenDNS, a privately held security company based in San Francisco. OpenDNS provides advanced threat protection for any device, anywhere, anytime. The acquisition will boost Cisco’s Security Everywhere approach by adding broad visibility and threat intelligence from the OpenDNS cloud delivered platform.

The burgeoning digital economy and the Internet of Everything (IoE) are expected to spur the connection of nearly 50 billion devices by 2020, creating a vast new wave of opportunities for security breaches across networks. The faster customers can deploy a solution, the faster they can detect, block and remediate these emerging security threats. OpenDNS’ cloud platform offers security delivered in a Software-as-a- Service (SaaS) model, making it quick and easy for customers to deploy and integrate as part of their defense architecture or incident response strategies. By providing comprehensive threat awareness and pervasive visibility, the combination of Cisco and OpenDNS will enhance advanced threat protection across the full attack continuum — before, during and after an attack.

Typically devices and people connected to the network are easier to identify and track for potential security threats. However in a world in which devices and people can connect from anywhere at anytime, enterprise IT teams have increasingly limited visibility into potential threats from these unmonitored and potentially unsecure entry points into the network, creating tremendous security risk. Combining OpenDNS’ broad visibility, unique predictive threat intelligence and cloud platform with Cisco’s robust security and threat capabilities will increase awareness across the extended network, both on- and off-premise, reduce the time to detect and respond to threats, and mitigate risk of a security breach.

“As more people, processes, data and things become connected, opportunities for security breaches and malicious threats grow exponentially when away from secure enterprise networks,” said Hilton Romanski, Cisco chief technology and strategy officer. “OpenDNS has a strong team with deep security expertise and key technology that complementsCisco’s security vision. Together, we will help customers protect their extended network wherever the user is and regardless of the device.”

The OpenDNS team will join the Cisco Security Business Group organization led by David Goeckeler, senior vice president and general manager. Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will pay $635 million in cash and assumed equity awards, plus retention based incentives for OpenDNS. The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, subject to customary closing conditions. (Original Source)

Shares of Cisco closed yesterday at $27.54 . CSCO has a 1-year high of $30.31 and a 1-year low of $22.49. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $28.94 and its 200-day moving average is $28.22.

On the ratings front, Cisco has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on June 10, Goldman Sachs analyst Simona Jankowski reiterated a Buy rating on CSCO, with a price target of $36, which implies an upside of 30.7% from current levels. Separately, on the same day, Oppenheimer’s Ittai Kidron reiterated a Buy rating on the stock and has a price target of $32.

According to, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, Simona Jankowski and Ittai Kidron have a total average return of 12.8% and 1.7% respectively. Jankowski has a success rate of 62.2% and is ranked #372 out of 3684 analysts, while Kidron has a success rate of 48.9% and is ranked #1421.

The street is mostly Bullish on CSCO stock. Out of 13 analysts who cover the stock, 9 suggest a Buy rating and 4 recommend to Hold the stock. The 12-month average price target assigned to the stock is $32.65, which implies an upside of 18.6% from current levels.