Cisco launches platform to help monitor security portfolio of enterprises

Cisco launches platform to help monitor security portfolio of enterprises
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26 Feb, 2020

San Jose, California-based global enterprise networking solutions provider Cisco launched a new cloud-native security platform SecureX that gives organisations a unified view of their security portfolio, the company said in a release.

Targeted at chief information security officers (CISOs) or CXOs in charge of security, the SecureX cloud-native platform provides security analytics, automation of security workflows, as well as threat detection through intelligence derived from Cisco Talos.

Cisco Talos is a group of network security engineers who aim to discover, assess and provide insights into hacking activities, intrusion attempts and vulnerabilities.

Cisco said that the security platform would be able to help with threat detection, investigation and remediation, policy violations, automation of security workflows, as well as insights from the Talos team.

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In October 2013, Talos, formerly known as the Sourcefire Vulnerability Research Team, was acquired by Cisco.

“Nearly one third (31%) of organisations base (their) cybersecurity monitoring and protection on more than 50 different security products,” Jon Oltsik, senior principal analyst and fellow at the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), said. ESG is an Irish information technology analyst, research, validation and strategy firm.

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A 2020 Cisco study of 2,800 security professionals showed that 28% of respondents said managing a multi-vendor environment was challenging. SecureX can help organise multiple products, which will result in better security for the network, endpoint, cloud and applications, the company said. It can be integrated into existing security infrastructures of enterprises, the release added.

Oltisk said that using multiple products can also cause cost escalation, increased complexity and reduce the efficiency of mitigating attacks. 

Cisco claimed that the platform would enable analysis of data across 150 million endpoints, network traffic including encrypted traffic and data from Google, Amazon Web Services, Azure and private/in-house data centres.