Cisco has now integrated Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) embedded security with the threat detection of FirePOWER Next Generation Intrusion Prevention System (NGIPS) to deliver automated threat protection to combat emerging datacenter security threats.
With the new solution, customers can build highly secure infrastructure with fine-grained control (including application level security), visibility and centralized automation all the way from infrastructure to the application level, Cisco claims.
The new solution also helps them reduce the cost of ownership including infrastructure and management costs as well as costs associated with security breaches.
Cisco ACI is now validated by independent auditors for deployment in PCI compliant networks, which can help reduce the scope of a PCI audit and lower audit costs and time. It also supports ecosystem partners like Check Point Software Technologies, Fortinet, Infoblox, Intel Security, Radware, and Symantec.
Cisco also said that independent qualified security assessors have validated ACI for deployment in payment card industry (PCI) compliant networks. Managing and simplifying the scope of compliance can help reduce costs for these organizations.
Chuck Huetter, director of Information Technology at Ameritas, said, “ACI’s policy-based automation combined with next-generation intrusion protection and advanced malware protection will optimize our ability to safeguard sensitive information.”