Cisco simplifies security for accelerated IT agenda

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Networking giant Cisco, has announced the global availability of Cisco SecureX from June 30, 2020.

According to the vendor, this is the broadest and most integrated cloud-native security platform, included with all Cisco Security products to simplify and enhance the way customers manage security.

The company said SecureX comes as organisations juggle to manage business and security challenges at unprecedented scale.

Cisco has a long-standing commitment to connect and protect its customers working from anywhere, on any device, and furthers its mission to unify and optimise its security portfolio.

Managing an organisation’s security is complex – from keeping up with new business processes, tracking evolving threats and navigating a sprawling vendor landscape. Data from the C-suite backs this up.

Cisco’s newly released global CIO Perspectives 2020 survey, has revealed that the top two challenges facing CIOs are security and complexity. The survey found that more than two-thirds of CIOs feel they are being stretched too thin. One way security leaders are battling this complexity is with vendor consolidation.

Cisco’s 2020 CISO Benchmark Report found that, when dealing with a cyber-attack, organisations with more security vendors experienced longer downtime, higher costs and more breached records.

“With SecureX we wanted to reimagine the way our customers experienced security by making it simple and automated,” said Gee Rittenhouse, SVP and GM of Cisco’s Security Business Group. “We knew this would be transformative for the industry, but we could never have predicted just how important this would be to security and IT professionals at this very moment. In this new and dynamic world, customers need a security platform that can protect employees wherever they work and meet the challenges of today and the future.”

As a result, to address current and future security challenges, Cisco SecureX connects the breadth of the company’s integrated security portfolio with customers’ entire security infrastructure for a consistent and simplified experience. It unifies visibility, enables automation, and strengthens security across network, endpoints, cloud, and applications. With Cisco SecureX all new and existing customers will benefit from capabilities unified visibility, automation to increase operational efficiency and strengthened security

“A platform approach like SecureX is the future of security at Mohawk Industries, said Michael Degroote, infrastructure consultant at Mohawk Industries. “It will make things easier, faster, and we will see much more going on in our environment than ever before. The automation and custom playbooks we have seen in SecureX will make a difference in a zero trust environment and will improve security for our company even further. We are looking forward to what SecureX brings to us.”

Mick Jenkins, chief information security officer at Brunel University, added that: “One of the most important aspects as a CISO is to make sure I feed intelligence into other agencies. The platform approach gives us excellent, superb stitching-together of forensic investigations.”

“The harmonised network security and collaborative platform is key when all teams can work together to solve a problem. You’re most vulnerable when you have silos,” said Collin John, Global Security Manager at Alvarez and Marsal. “This platform unifies visibility and taps into DevOps, SecOps, and even infrastructure.”

 “We are seeing our customers consolidating the number of security vendors they work with and want solutions that are simple to manage and integrate with their existing security investments. Cisco has built a broad and strong portfolio of security solutions and with Cisco SecureX, this now makes it easier for us to show the value of multiple products working together,” said Bob Cagnazzi, CEO at Presidio. “We’re also excited about the opportunity this creates for Presidio to add services on top of the SecureX platform and further enhance our customers’ experience.”

In addition to the simplified experience SecureX brings, Cisco Security is also unveiling new enhancements and integrations to further secure the remote workforce including greater unified user and device protection through an integration between endpoint security and MFA.

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