Cisco Systems has unveiled its new global security strategy that will start with a single platform. The tech giant has also turned to RSA 2022 to launch its highly anticipated second Cisco Plus all-as-a-service offering for unified Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) access.
Cisco Security Cloud is the foundation of the company’s security plan for the future. The unified platform based on open standards will provide security in hybrid and multi-cloud environments with capabilities to securely connect people, applications and devices located anywhere. The platform will include large-scale threat prevention, detection, response and remediation, without vendor lock-in, Cisco said.
Similar to the approach taken by Cisco with its flagship collaboration platform Webex, the company has been working on Cisco Security Cloud for some time and will continue to develop the platform over the next few years, Jeetu Patel, Executive Vice President and Cisco’s general manager of security and collaboration, CRN said.
“It won’t happen overnight, but the vision we have is of a Cisco Security Cloud with networking services, security services, threat intelligence services, a unified policy framework, an open set of APIs, and a common control tower for management that makes it easy for administrators to use,” Patel said.
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Cisco Security Cloud’s open APIs will enable integration with third-party solutions, as well as a security marketplace, the company said.
For partners, Cisco Security Cloud represents a huge opportunity for MSPs managing their customers’ environments. Partners will be able to set Security Cloud strategy and drive adoption, Patel said. “We view partners as a key and essential element for us to be successful with Security Cloud,” he said.
For the past year, Cisco has been touting its Cisco Plus-as-a-Service strategy, which allows customers to buy Cisco IT in a flexible, consumption-based all-as-a-service (XaaS) model. The company’s first offering was Cisco Plus Hybrid Cloud, which includes Cisco’s entire data center compute, networking, and storage portfolio.
The latest offering now available in multiple countries is Cisco Plus Secure Connect Now, a unified security and networking offering. The offering gives partners and enterprises a “turnkey” offering for rapidly deploying SASE that can be operated and managed through the cloud on a subscription-as-a-service, Patel said.
Cisco Plus Secure Connect Now was built on Cisco’s premier Meraki platform and is accessible through the Meraki Dashboard. The offering contains Meraki SD-WAN and Cisco Umbrella security features, Patel said. “All of this is available in one subscription service,” he added.
Cisco at RSA also unveiled Trusted Continued Access, a capability that takes risk assessment one step further after a user logs in by constantly verifying user and device identity for risk-based authentication. Cisco uses its patent-pending Wi-Fi fingerprint technology to avoid compromising user privacy by retrieving SSID information instead of user location. “We believe privacy is a fundamental human right, but it also gives you the security you need – they are not at odds with each other,” Patel said.
The capability is available for public preview this summer and is slated for general availability later in 2022.
To further simplify the security portfolio, Cisco has launched its new Unified Secure Client. The company said half of the Cisco Secure agents that can be installed on a user’s desktop, including AnyConnect, Secure Endpoint and Umbrella, will be unified by mid-year with additional items to be added. Secure Client will generally be available on July 6.
Additionally, Cisco said it is taking Talos, its threat intelligence service which consists of one of the largest commercial threat intelligence teams in the world, and offering it as a “tailor-made” service. which provides personalized research into the threat landscape unique to each company, Patel said. Cisco Talos Intelligence On-Demand is available now.