Security Watch: Cisco Embeds Security Everywhere Across the Extended Network

Cisco has announced new offerings to embed security from the data centre out to endpoints, branch offices, and the cloud for pervasive threat visibility and control. By integrating security everywhere, enterprises and service providers can deliver threat-centric security to today’s threat landscape and capture emerging business opportunities created by the rise of the digital economy and the Internet of Everything (IoE).

The IoE market is expected to generate $19-trillion in value to organisations over the next decade, and represents a $1.7-trillion opportunity to service providers. Additionally, according to the 2015 Cisco Visual Networking IndexTM (VNI) Forecast, the number of IP- connected personal devices and M2M connections online will grow from 14 billion in 2014 to more than 24 billion by 2019. However, cybercrime is simultaneously becoming increasingly sophisticated and industrialised with the financial opportunity for cybercriminals rising to an estimated $450-billion to $1-trillion.

Cisco is adding more sensors to increase visibility with more control points to strengthen enforcement and pervasive, advanced threat protection to reduce time-to-detection and time-to-response.

Expanding Security Solutions for Enterprise Organisations

Cisco is launching several solutions across the entire networking portfolio:

Endpoints: With Cisco AnyConnect Featuring Cisco AMP for Endpoints, customers using the Cisco AnyConnect 4.1 VPN client can deploy and expand their threat protection to VPN-enabled endpoints.

Campus and Branch: FirePOWER Services solutions for Cisco Integrated Services Routers provides centrally managed Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention System and Advanced Malware Protection at the branch office integrated in the network fabric, where dedicated security appliances may not be feasible.

Network as a Sensor and Enforcer: Cisco has embedded multiple security technologies into the network infrastructure to provide broad threat visibility to rapidly identify users and devices associated with anomalies, threats and misuse of networks and applications. New capabilities include:

Integration between Identity Services Engine and Lancope StealthWatch: Enterprises can go beyond mapping IP addresses and identify threat vectors based on ISE’s context of who, what, where, when and how users and devices are connected and access network resources. This provides greater contextual threat visibility with StealthWatch for accelerated identification of threats.

NetFlow on Cisco UCS: Cisco’s customers now have greater visibility into network traffic flow patterns and threat intelligence information in the data centre through network-as-a-sensor capabilities in physical and virtual servers.

TrustSec + ISE and StealthWatch Integration: Stealth Watch can now block suspicious network devices by initiating segmentation changes, providing rapid response to identified malicious activity. ISE can then modify access policies for Cisco routers, switches, and wireless LAN controllers embedded with TrustSec technology.

Cisco also announced:

Hosted Identity Services will provide a secure, 24/7, cloud-delivered service for the Cisco Identity Services Engine. The new, hosted service speeds time to deployment, supporting business growth and providing role-based, context-aware identity enforcement of users and devices permitted on the network, streamlining enterprise mobility experiences.

Eleven new partners have joined the pxGrid Ecosystem, Cisco’s security context information exchange fabric, with the addition of several new ecosystem technology categories, including cloud security and network/application performance management.

Cisco has also announced new service provider security solutions.

The Cisco FirepowerTM 9300 Integrated Security Platform is a carrier-grade, high-performance, scalable and modular multi-services security platform purpose-built for service providers, that can scale security for increased data flows due to accelerated service demands and carrier class requirements.

Expanded Advanced Orchestration and Cloud Capabilities enable Cisco’s new security solutions to easily integrate with the Cisco architecture and third-party SDN/NFV solutions, as well as Cisco’s Adaptive Security Appliance Virtual with Cisco’s Network Service Orchestrator and Application-Centric Infrastructure. These orchestration and cloud capabilities also include open APIs for integration with orchestration, Operation Support Systems/Business Support Systems, and Cloud Security-as-a-Service solutions.

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