How Cisco offered security and networking platform for NFL’s Super Bowl

Cisco, a leader in enterprise networking and security, has explained how it ensured security and networking platform for NFL and Super Bowl LVI.
Cisco booth at MWC 2018Cisco helped the NFL design, implement, and operate the end-to-end security platform for the NFL’s enterprise network at Super Bowl LVI, enabling 100 percent up-time during the game. Cisco technology secured the Super Bowl at Sofi Stadium, which has a single, converged Cisco network.

“Cisco’s experience securing large events and deep understanding of the threat landscape ensured that we were well-prepared ahead of Super Bowl LVI,” said Tomas Maldonado, NFL Chief Information Security Officer.

The security architecture provided end-to-end visibility with a combination of on-premise hardware and cloud-based software, including Cisco Secure Firewall, Secure Malware Analytics and Umbrella – unified within Cisco’s cloud-native platform SecureX.

All solutions are fed intelligence from Cisco Talos, the world’s largest commercial threat intelligence organization. Cybersecurity experts from Cisco Talos Incident Response and Cisco Customer Experience (CX) services supported the NFL on-site to prepare for the event and respond to potential threats during the game to prevent disruptions.

The NFL is also working with Cisco to build a repeatable and portable security platform and playbook for future League events. This will enable the NFL to deploy secure and resilient enterprise networks quickly and effortlessly for its high-profile events going forward.

Cisco has connected every NFL stadium’s replay control room back to the Art McNally Gameday Central in New York City via Cisco network infrastructure. In addition, nearly all the league’s Official Partners and two-thirds of NFL stadiums rely on Cisco technology.

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