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Cisco Security Cloud Designed to be Industry’s Most Open Platform

by Harold Fritts

During the RSA Conference, RSAC 2022, Cisco unveiled its vision for a global unified platform for end-to-end security across multi-cloud environments. The Cisco Security Cloud is designed to be an open security platform with no public lock-in, driving security resilience while protecting the integrity of the entire IT ecosystem.

During the RSA Conference, RSAC 2022, Cisco unveiled its vision for a global unified platform for end-to-end security across multi-cloud environments. The Cisco Security Cloud is designed to be an open security platform with no public lock-in, driving security resilience while protecting the integrity of the entire IT ecosystem.

Cisco used the cybersecurity event to introduce an integrated experience for securely connecting people and devices everywhere to applications and data anywhere. The open platform will provide threat prevention, detection, response, and remediation capabilities at scale with unified management.

Jeetu Patel, Cisco’s Executive Vice President and General Manager of Security and Collaboration, said:

“With the complexity of hybrid work, continued acceleration of cloud adoption, and the ever-advancing threat landscape, organizations are looking for a trusted partner to help them achieve security resilience. We believe Cisco is uniquely positioned due to its scale, breadth of solutions, and cloud-neutral business model to meet their needs. Cisco is already delivering upon key tenets of our cloud platform vision. We’re excited to increase our innovation velocity to truly deliver on the vision of the Cisco Security Cloud.”

Secure Access

Addressing the next generation of zero trust, Cisco security solutions will enable true continuous trusted access by constantly verifying user and device identity, device posture, vulnerabilities, and indicators of compromise. These intelligent checks occur in the background, leaving the user to work without security getting in the way. Cisco is introducing less intrusive methods for risk-based authentication, including the patent-pending Wi-Fi fingerprint as an effective location proxy without compromising user privacy.

To evaluate risk after a user logs in, Cisco is building session trust analysis using the open Shared Signals and Events standards to share information between vendors. Cisco unveiled the first integration of this technology with a demo of Cisco Secure Access by Duo and Box.

Secure Edge 

Cisco also introduced Cisco+ Secure Connect Now, a unified Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) solution, to simplify how organizations connect and protect users, things, and applications, anywhere. Cisco+ Secure Connect Now is a turnkey offering available in several countries to allow customers to quickly deploy SASE, easing day-to-day operations through a cloud-managed platform. The as-a-Service subscription is optimized for value and managed through a unified dashboard.

Secure Operations 

Cisco added a new Talos Intel On-Demand service offering custom research on the threat landscape unique to each organization. To accelerate incident detection and response, Cisco announced enhancements to Cisco Secure Cloud Analytics with its ability to automatically promote alerts into SecureX and map those alerts to MITRE ATT&CK. This framework is becoming the industry standard for describing adversary behaviors and improving defenses.

As part of its security strategy, Cisco announced the general availability of SecureX device insights earlier this year. Insights aggregates, correlates, and normalizes data about the devices in their environment. Following the 2021 acquisition of Kenna Security, Cisco announced the full integration of Kenna and Secure Endpoint to better prioritize vulnerabilities. Cisco also introduced the Secure Firewall 3100 Series, designed for hybrid work with a new encrypted visibility engine that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to detect hidden threats.

Simplification 

Continuing the theme of simplification, Cisco introduced a new unified Secure client. Simplifying and streamlining how administrators and users manage endpoints, half of Cisco Secure agents, including AnyConnect, Secure Endpoint, and Umbrella will be unified by mid-year 2022. Additional agents will be added over time. This follows the new cloud-delivered Secure Firewall Management Center, enabled through the Cisco Defense Orchestrator to unify cloud and on-premise firewall management.

To learn more, visit Cisco.com/go/security.

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