Cisco delivers security in the network fabric

Secure X is designed to reduce security complexity and reduce network devices

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Cisco delivers security in the network fabric Cisco has developed a new security solution, which is integrated into enterprise network DNA.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  March 20, 2012

Cisco is delivering a new approach to network security that integrates security software into the network fabric.

Cisco has aimed to deploy and enable security that can assist the organisation moving forward, by utilising the network, which connects to every device, to the cloud and is pervasive in every way.

"Up until now, we have not really deployed the security DNA into the network, it has always been separate network products, separate hardware appliances, which drives complexity, which drives up cost and Cisco's approach in the marketplace right now is to move away from that complexity, away from that software and appliance approach and to actually deliver the value in the network so that when our customer invests in their routing and switching products that Cisco offers today, they are also investing in the security DNA," said Gordon Thomson, head of Security Sales  EMEAR, Cisco.

Cisco said that it believes it can provide access into the network, reduce complexity and get rid of a lot of the devices in the network.

"If we can reduce complexity we can help our customers reduce their operation costs and if we can reduce those, we can help the security department to become a strategic department in the organisation that enables the company to move forward not be the barrier to that company moving forward," said Thomson.

The security software developed by Cisco is called Secure X and, as well as being integrated into the network DNA, it is contextually aware.

"This context is not just who you are, and what application you want to connect to, we go beyond that, we are looking at the where, the when and the how. Where you are connecting from, how you are connecting, and what device you are connecting on.

If you take the where and the time, then you can build some type of profile in the network, so if you have multiple devices, an iPad, an iPhone and a corporate device and you connect the iPhone from a different location to the iPad, that is a security risk because you cannot be in two places at once. Our network will detect that, nobody else's can," said.

Secure X is designed to takeover the important elements of security, delivering one enforcement methodology, one management methodology and one policy methodology into every product.

"As an organisation, this is a significant change. In Cisco we used to be at the top right of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for best in class products, but having individual best-in-class products does not solve the problems of the customers today such as the complexity of the network, increasing costs and not being able to deliver pervasiveness into the network so the business can become more agile. This is what we believe is our key differentiator moving forward and this is what we call pervasive security," said Thomson.

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