Cisco Debuts Cloud Security Services for Digital Business Models

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Cisco on Tuesday unveiled a handful of new cloud-security services, promising that its architectural approach reduces the average time to detection to less than 13 hours — faster than the industry standard of 100 days.

Cisco's Mike WestonThey include:

  • Cisco Umbrella Roaming: Designed to remove blind spots off-network, it’s embedded as a module with AnyConnect – Cisco’s VPN service – which gives businesses a new layer of protection that blocks connections to malicious sites.
  • Cisco Umbrella Branch: Cisco says this cloud service gives businesses more control over guest Wi-Fi use with easy content filtering. It allows businesses to upgrade Integrated Services Routers (ISR) for security at branch locations.
  • Cisco Defense Orchestrator: This cloud-management application aims to let users manage a large security infrastructure and policies in various locations across thousands of devices. It manages security policies across Cisco security products.
  • Cisco Meraki MX Security Appliances with Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) and Threat Grid: The cloud-managed unified threat management (UTM) service is designed to simplify advanced threat protection across a business, giving branch offices malware protection that checks files against its cloud database to identify malicious content, blocking files before users download them.
  • Cisco Stealthwatch Learning Network License: This component enables the Cisco ISR to act as a security sensor and enforcer for branch threat protection. Cisco says it allows businesses to detect and track anomalies in network traffic, analyze suspicious network activity, and identify malicious traffic.
  • Cisco Security Services for Digital Transformation helps organizations examine core security fundamentals that identify how ready they are to adopt digital technologies. Expert advisers recommend security strategies and provide customized solutions based on industry trends and vital business needs.

“Digital business is the most impactful disruption to security in the history of the technology industry,” noted Mike Weston, VP, Cisco Middle East. “As a result, companies are struggling to manage the security challenges from both large, distributed environments and the active adversaries aggressively targeting these expansive attack surfaces every day. Our customers are finding that they need a more integrated approach to security, and Cisco provides them with a threat-centric security architecture that is much more effective in a digital world.”{ad}

Cisco says companies today are deploying up to 70 disparate security products to fight the ever-growing threat from malicious hackers. Obviously, that many products can be difficult to manage and can leave a business vulnerable. The networking giant says its security portfolio – through its security architecture – increases capabilities but also decreases complexity while offering an alternative approach for customers that helps them close the gap and be more secure.

Cisco notes that its channel partners are playing a strategic role in helping customers with security. These new offerings, the company says, will help solution providers “design simple, open and automated solutions for their customers …” With enhanced cloud-based protection and services that aim to simplify security management, Cisco adds that partners have the opportunity to earn recurring revenue via managing their customers’ security.

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