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Tuesday, 25 February 2020 00:28

Cisco's SecureX platform delivers an integrated cloud-based security console Featured

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By combining global analytics with local monitoring, Cisco delivers visibility and workflows to manage the modern security landscape.

Announced on the opening day of the RSA Conference in San Francisco, The SecureX platform offers three primary benefits.

• Unifies visibility across customers' security portfolio in one simple, easy-to-use cloud-native platform, including detection of unknown threats and policy violations via security analytics for more informed actions.

• Automates common security workflows, including threat investigation and remediation, for more efficient and precise operations.

• Delivers a new managed threat hunting capability that brings the strength of threat intelligence from Cisco Talos.

SecureX will be included with every Cisco security product.

Data sourced from 2800 respondents to Cisco's 2020 CISO Benchmark Study found that "twenty-eight percent feel that managing a multi-vendor environment is very challenging, an increase of eight points from last year's survey."

The report quoted Don Bryant, CISO, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, "As a CISO, it is a real security challenge to protect our students, staff, and the sensitive data that comes with them. Having a holistic security platform has helped us simplify and accelerate our security operations. All of our tools seamlessly integrated and Cisco's platform approach gives us one view into our layered protection and valuable time back."

Cisco claims that the basis for this new product was the observation that most businesses are filled with multiple technologies that simply don't or cannot interoperate along with more and varied points at which outside connections can be made.

For instance, the survey reported findings from Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), "Nearly one-third (31 percent) of organizations base cybersecurity monitoring and protection on more than 50 different security products. This not only adds cost and complexity but also makes it harder to detect and respond to cybersecurity incidents in a timely fashion," said Jon Oltsik, Senior Principal Analyst and Fellow. "Integrated cybersecurity technology platforms like Cisco SecureX have the potential to address these economic, technical, and resource challenges by providing more comprehensive threat detection, automated incident response, and ease-of-operations capabilities."

Steve Moros, Director of Cybersecurity, Cisco Australia and New Zealand added, "Security is fundamental in all aspects of business, and with SecureX we're integrating the platform to enable investigation, automation, orchestration, and analytics all in a unified view, driving innovation into the industry to solve real business challenges as customers embark on their digital journey."

"Cisco's SecureX platform provides unified visibility, automation to simplify workflows, threat hunting, and provides third party integrations to maximise existing investments. This capability will be available to existing Cisco security customers, thorough a single interface: SecureX."

The initial SecureX product is reported to have these features.

• Unifying visibility across all parts of the customers' security portfolio, Cisco or third-party solutions.

• Providing customers and partners business value in under 15 minutes, through a fully cloud-native and multi-tenant solution.

• Analyzing events and data across the enterprise including more than 150 million endpoints, network traffic from switches and routers including encrypted traffic, Google, AWS and Azure and private data centre environments.

• Identifying within minutes who and what has been targeted, enabling remediate using data enrichment across security products and threat intelligence feeds.

• Bringing the power of Cisco Talos threat analysts into the customer's SOC to hunt for the latest threats.

Cisco provided a screen image of the SecureX console:

SecureX screenshot550

We should significant development as the product matures and collects feedback from users.

"The industry has been flooded with thousands of point products that were meant to help customers but instead created unmanageable environments with products that don't work together. This has created gaps in businesses' security posture," said Gee Rittenhouse, SVP and GM of Cisco's Security Business Group. "In addition to bad actors, complexity has become another risk that security teams have to overcome. Cisco SecureX is a fundamental shift in the customers security experience by removing the complexity and providing one unified view on the state of customers' security services and alerts. In doing so, security teams can become more efficient with resources and be a business enabler that propels the digital transformation forward."

Cisco SecureX is scheduled for general availability in June. Customers can join the beta program waitlist, or request a demonstration information.

 

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