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Take zero-trust security to the next level with Cisco ISE

Cisco zero-trust addresses three key components that define customers’ ecosystems: workforce, workload and workplace.

April 02, 2020

Take zero-trust security to the next level with Cisco ISE
With billions of connected IoT devices, and thousands of cloud applications, traditional enterprise security technologies are losing visibility into and control over who and what is accessing sensitive corporate data. Companies need to be agile and employees, contractors and vendors need to get work done wherever they might be and on whatever device they’re using.
But, security teams often wonder, “Are my users who they say they are? Are their devices secure? Should these apps be talking to one another? How do I know who and what to trust?”
The only way to resolve the concerns outlined above is by adopting a zero-trust security strategy. Unlike traditional security, which is based on location, the zero-trust philosophy establishes and verifies trust for every access request no matter where it comes from. With this method, trust isn’t fixed. It evolves with each customer’s business, ensuring only the right users and devices get access when they need it—and threats don’t move across the network.
Cisco’s continuous investment in security technology (more than $6 billion over the last five years) combined with its market-leading Talos threat intelligence team make its zero-trust offerings levels above the competition.
At the center of its security strategy is the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE), which enables a dynamic and automated approach to policy enforcement (via Cisco TrustSec) that empowers software-defined access and automated segmentation within IT and operational technology. The result is a network that’s transformed from a simple conduit for data into a security enforcer that accelerates the time to detection and mitigates threats.

Building upon the ISE foundation, Cisco zero-trust addresses three key components that define your customers’ IT ecosystems:

  1. Workforce. Cisco Duo Security protects your customers’ workforces, establishing trust for people and their devices accessing business apps from anywhere. 
  2. Workload. Cisco Tetration protects your customers’ workloads, securing all connections within each application across data centers and the multicloud.
  3. Workplace. Cisco SD-Access segments each customer’s workplace, securing user and device connections across the network, including IoT.
How Cisco SecureX brings it all together
In February, Cisco unveiled the latest step in its security evolution with SecureX, a cloud-native platform (currently in beta) that combines the industry’s best protection and a simple user experience. Connecting the breadth of Cisco’s integrated security portfolio (e.g., DNA, ISE, Catalyst, Meraki Wi-Fi) and customers’ security infrastructures, SecureX provides a consistent experience that unifies visibility, enables automation, simplifies analytics, and strengthens security across network, endpoint, cloud and applications. For more information about SecureX click here.