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Interview: IronPort's Scott Weiss

The CEO of IronPort systems talks about his company's acquisition by Cisco and why he sees no end in sight to the problem of spam.

Scott Weiss

As an early employee at Hotmail before it got acquired by Microsoft, you've been deeply involved with the e-mail space. What's changed?

Back in the Hotmail days, Hotmail would go down for an entire day and people would give us the benefit of the doubt. It's not that they weren't bothered by it, but it wasn't as much of a utility as it is today. Today, it's national news if BlackBerry goes out for an hour.

Cisco announced in January it was acquiring IronPort. What will your role be?

My role will stay the same. IronPort will be a separate business unit within Cisco. I think they've done almost 130 acquisitions, and only three have been cast as separate businesses: Linksys, Scientific Atlanta and IronPort.

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