Cisco Pushes Security to All Parts of the Network
The company wants to make security pervasive from the data center to the cloud and endpoints to protect against increasingly sophisticated threats.Cisco Systems is adding security throughout the network, from the systems running in the data center through the campus networks and out to the cloud and endpoints in the users' hands. On the first day of the Cisco Live 2015 event in San Diego June 8, company officials outlined a strategy that they said will bring greater threat visibility into every part of the network, an important capability that comes as the promise of the Internet of everything (IoE) and what they call the Digital Economy also creates a broader attack surface for increasingly sophisticated cyber-criminals. The new security capabilities will include more sensors for increased visibility, more control points and pervasive threat protection, Cisco officials said. "The more things become connected, the more opportunities exist for malicious actors as well," Scott Harrell, vice president of product management for Cisco's Security Business Group, said in a post on the company blog. "We are now dealing with a new world where more and more devices are creating a broader and more diverse attack surface that can be exploited."
Harrell wrote that being able to both respond faster to threats and achieve better outcomes "requires a tightly integrated security architecture that is as pervasive as the devices and services we are protecting. For this reason, we believe that the most effective way to confront these challenges is to evolve to an approach that extends security everywhere—both embedded into the intelligent network infrastructure and pervasive across the extended network—from the service provider to the enterprise network infrastructure, data center, IoT [Internet of things], cloud and endpoint."