As we move into the age of the Internet of Everything, cybercrime activities are heating up at an alarming pace. Malware is becoming increasingly sophisticated and elusive. Cyber criminals are launching attacks through tools that users trust or view as benign — using multiple attack vectors into organizations of all sizes. Targeted attacks are on the rise and create a persistent and hidden presence within an organization. Since 2009, we have seen a 66% annual growth rate of detected incidents, according to the Cisco 2015 Annual Security Report.
At the recent Cisco Live 2015 event in San Diego, company officials outlined Cisco’s Network as a Sensor strategy for bringing greater visibility into every area of the network, including the extended network – enterprise network, data center, IoT, Cloud, and mobile — to protect a wider array of attacks while acting as a growth engine to seize new business opportunities.
Embedded Security across the Extended Network
To address the complexity of today’s IT environments, Cisco’s Security Everywhere strategy embeds multiple enhanced security technologies into the network infrastructure to provide broad threat visibility and minimize the time needed to contain threats. Additionally, Cisco enables customers to maximize existing and future investments by turning the Cisco network into a security sensor and security policy enforcer – providing enhanced visibility, context, and control over any user or device that connects to the corporate network. This approach enhances threat visibility and minimizes the time needed to contain threats, plus allows for scalability, flexibility and operational efficiency.
New Cisco Security Offerings
At the recent event, Cisco announced:
- FirePOWER Threat Defense for ISR (Integrated Services Routers) for the branch office. This offering combines the security benefits of the ASA (Adaptive Security Appliance) 5500-X firewall with the FirePOWER next-generation intrusion prevention system (NGIPS) and Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) in a single device. Cisco partners now can offer a lower cost enterprise-level, integrated threat protection solution for the branch office where previously dedicated security appliances may not have been feasible.
- The Cisco Aironet 1850 Series was also unveiled at the Cisco Live event. The new wireless offering delivers an entry-level 802.11ac Wave 2 access point for SMB deployments to support the growing number of mobile applications and next gen wireless clients. The multi-user MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) device provides better performance, plus faster off-load to the wired network and support for 2 GbE ports.
- Cisco also is introducing new wireless LAN controllers that deliver a scalable, services-rich platform for 802.11ac Wave 2. The Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller targets medium size deployments and provides up to 33% performance increase, with up to 20Gbps of throughput and scalability for 1500 APs and 20,000 clients. The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller targets large deployments, and it provides up to 75% performance increase, with up to 40Gbps of throughput and scalability support for 6000 APs and 64,000 clients.
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- Dedicated Enterprise Networks and Security team
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