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How Cisco secures the cloud

May 01, 2019

The cloud has become so integrated into IT and infrastructures that for most companies it’s simply another part of the business. The availability of mobile devices and cloud services has redefined not only how we work, but where we work. Critical infrastructures, applications and massive amounts of sensitive data are now stored in the cloud, leaving companies at risk of damage if cloud accounts are compromised. With the cloud fast becoming the new normal, network security solutions need to adapt.
 
Cisco’s answer to your cloud security challenges
Securing the public cloud is no easy task. According to a recent Intel cloud security report, 49% of IT professionals said they have slowed cloud adoption due to a lack of cybersecurity skills, and 65% say shadow IT is interfering with keeping the cloud safe and secure.
 
As a result, IT departments are searching for a cloud-delivered security solution that provides sufficient end-user security. The Cisco Cloud Security portfolio extends protection to all aspects of your customers’ businesses:
  • Cisco Umbrella fills the off-network security gap that exists in many organizations with remote and mobile workers. The Umbrella global network, which comprises 25 data centers around the world, is the network on which Cisco’s recursive DNS service is built. It resolves 120 billion internet requests from 85 million users around the world every day. Umbrella enforces security at the DNS and IP layers, preventing malicious IP connections from being established or malware from being downloaded.
  • Cisco Cloudlock is a cloud access security broker (CASB) and cloud cybersecurity platform, which adds discovery and control for cloud users, data and apps across software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) environments and orchestrates existing security environments.
  • Cisco Cloud Email Security incorporates threat detection from Cisco Talos, the largest security intelligence network in the world. The Talos team provides global threat intelligence from a wide range of sources, including 600 billion messages, 16 billion web requests and 1.5 million malware samples daily. Talos gives IT admins real-time visibility into all email communications, which helps them respond to incidents sooner.
  • Cisco Stealthwatch Cloud monitors threats across private networks, public clouds and even in encrypted traffic and gives IT admins actionable security intelligence.
Cisco Cloud Security products deliver a broad, effective security solution for your customers’ multicloud world.
 
Case in point: SUNY Old Westbury secures Office 365 with Cisco
One of 64 campuses of the State University of New York (SUNY), Old Westbury has nearly 4,400 students and more than 300 full- and part-time faculty. In an effort to support better collaboration among faculty, students and staff, the college updated its email system to Microsoft Office 365. Despite the new email system’s built-in security, it wasn’t as secure as Old Westbury’s director of IT services and information security officer (ISO), Milind Samant, needed—especially considering the volume of personally identifiable information (PII) that was being communicated via email. “A lot of bad messages were getting through and our service desk was getting calls that involved malicious URLs, zero-day exploits, and cases of ransomware infections,” says Samant. When the college began to see spoofed emails targeting specific high-level people in their administration, the ISO knew they were facing serious risks and needed to augment their email security.
 
“We chose Cisco Cloud Email Security because it provided enhanced email protection against constantly increasing risks, but also because it integrates seamlessly with Office 365,” he says. “Combined, it’s a win-win; we get the email platform we need to better handle our increased email load, plus the robust security we need to protect that platform.”
 
To learn more about the Cisco cloud security portfolio or to connect with Ingram Micro’s software desk team, call (800) 456-8000, ext. 76747, or send an email to ciscosoftware@ingrammicro.com.