Cisco extends Security Everywhere strategy

Company to showcases security portfolio at RSA Conference 2015 Abu Dhabi

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Cisco extends Security Everywhere strategy Dabboussi: Our integrated approach minimizes security risks and exposure versus point solutions that can leave gaps as they lack a holistic view.
By  David Ndichu Published  November 4, 2015

Cisco is advancing its Security Everywhere strategy deeper into the cloud, network, and endpoints with new security products and features, and a threat awareness service as organisations execute on their digital transformation, the company says.

Cisco also announced that it is showcasing its security portfolio and capabilities at RSA Conference 2015 Abu Dhabi, being held at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi from November 4-5, 2015.  Rabih Dabboussi, managing director, Cisco UAE will deliver a speech on ‘Cybersecurity in the IoE Era’ on November 5th.

"Middle East organisations that are seizing the digital opportunity need security everywhere -- from the network to the endpoint and from the cloud to every corner of their operations -- to limit the risk of sensitive data compromise,” said Dabboussi. “Our integrated approach minimizes security risks and exposure versus point solutions that can leave gaps as they lack a holistic view. Today's product, solution and services enhancements provide our customers with visibility, protection and control to address a broader cross-section of issues. This will allow them to focus on growing their businesses,” he added.  

Companies are banking on digital initiatives to provide new avenues of financial growth and reduce operational complexity. As data becomes more pervasive, so do attacks by threat actors which often leave companies scrambling to secure their assets. They are faced with a complex array of point solutions, which by design often are not interoperable, leaving security teams with limited visibility into potential threats and compromises on their networks. The value of Cisco architecture is its emphasis on embedding security spanning the extended network -- including routers, switches and the data centre -- closing gaps across the attack continuum and significantly reducing time to detection and remediation.

Specifically, Cisco is adding Cisco Cloud Access Security (CAS), which provides visibility and data security for cloud-based applications; Identity Services Engine (ISE) enhancements, extending visibility and control for network and endpoints with new location access controls; and Threat Awareness Service, which provides organizations with threat visibility into their networks.

Cloud Visibility and Control

According to the Cisco Cloud Consumption Services trend data, the number of unauthorized cloud applications used by employees in the enterprise is 15 to 20 times higher than CIOs predicted due to Shadow IT. The new Cisco Cloud Access Security (CAS) offering allows organizations to address this complexity as well as increase visibility and control over data in cloud applications.

Cisco Cloud Web Security now integrates with CAS and provides branch offices secure direct Internet access with Integrated Services Router 4K router integration, saving on bandwidth costs.

Extended Security for Partners

The advancement of the Cisco Security Everywhere strategy creates new profitable business opportunities for partners by further addressing customers' security challenges across their entire IT infrastructure and extended network. This expanded portfolio provides greater visibility, context and control further into the cloud, the network and endpoints. It provides an end-to-end security platform that covers the entire attack continuum, while reducing complexity for the customer and driving growth for partners. Cisco has made significant investments to help partners profitably grow their Cisco Security business through a joint go-to-market approach, training, and skills development workshops.

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