Cisco reveals features of security platform SecureX

Cisco announced the launch of Cisco SecureX, an integrated cloud-native security platform for CISOs in the industry.
Cisco cybersecurity solutionsCisco SecureX provides a comprehensive user experience across the breadth of Cisco’s security portfolio and customers’ existing security infrastructure.

Cisco SecureX unifies visibility, identifies unknown threats, and automates workflows to strengthen customers’ security across network, endpoint, cloud, and applications.

Foundational capabilities of Cisco SecureX include:

# Unifies visibility across all parts of the customers’ security portfolio, Cisco or third-party solutions.

# Provides customers and partners business value in under 15 minutes, through a fully cloud-native and multi-tenant solution.

# Analyzes events and data across the enterprise including more than 150 million endpoints, network traffic from switches and routers including encrypted traffic, Google, AWS and Azure and private data center environments.

# Identifies within minutes who and what has been targeted, enabling remediation using data enrichment across security products and threat intelligence feeds.

# Brings the power of Cisco Talos threat analysts into the customer’s SOC to hunt for the latest threats.

Cisco recommendations for CISOs:

# Employ a layered defense, which should include MFA, network segmentation, and endpoint protection.

# Gain the highest levels of visibility to bolster data governance, lower risk, and increase compliance.

# Focus on cyber hygiene: shore up defenses, update and patch devices, and conduct drills and training.

# Implement a zero-trust framework to build security maturity.

# To reduce complexity and alert overload, adopt an integrated platform approach when managing multiple security solutions.

“Having a holistic security platform has helped us simplify and accelerate our security operations. All of our tools seamlessly integrated and Cisco’s platform approach gives us one view into our layered protection and valuable time back,” said Don Bryant, CISO, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

31 percent of organizations base cybersecurity monitoring and protection on more than 50 different security products. This not only adds cost and complexity but also makes it harder to detect and respond to cybersecurity incidents in a timely fashion, said Jon Oltsik, senior principal analyst and Fellow at the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG).

Gee Rittenhouse, SVP and GM of Cisco’s Security Business Group, said: “Cisco SecureX is a fundamental shift in the customers security experience by removing the complexity and providing one unified view on the state of customers’ security services and alerts.”

Cisco’s CISO Benchmark Report

Cisco’s 2020 CISO Benchmark Study of 2800 security professionals surveyed found that twenty-eight percent feel that managing a multi-vendor environment is very challenging, an increase of eight points from last year’s survey.

Cisco’s CISO Benchmark Report, which is surveying the security posture of 2,800 security professionals from 13 countries, provides 20 cybersecurity considerations for 2020 – gleaned from data analysis of survey results and a panel of Advisory CISOs.

Digital transformation continues to present itself as an opportunity for IT and security leaders to innovate and gain competitive advantage. But it carries infrastructure change, which creates new challenges for security professionals with defeating unknown sophisticated threats looming as a top concern.

The average company uses more than 20 security technologies. While vendor consolidation is increasing with 86 percent of organizations using between 1 and 20 vendors, more than 20 percent feel that managing a multi-vendor environment is challenging, which has increased by 8 percent since 2017.

42 percent of respondents are suffering from cybersecurity fatigue, defined as virtually giving up on proactively defending against malicious actors.

Over 96 percent of fatigue sufferers saying that managing a multi-vendor environment is challenging, complexity being the main causes of burnout.

Security professionals are increasing investments in automation to simplify and speed up response times in their security ecosystems; using cloud security to improve visibility into their networks; and sustaining collaboration between networking, endpoint and security teams.