Monday, May 25, 2009

Cisco Expands Security Services Into the Cloud

| Brett D. Arion |
In today's changing world, businesses require a security strategy that accounts for the physical, virtual, mobile and global aspects of their business. As a result Cisco has announced new additions to its portfolio that bolster the network security infrastructure and the delivery of cloud security services. As companies continue to extend connectivity outside their office walls, businesses must focus on new ways to protect its data and communications. These new security offerings incorporate new threat defense products and services that will help customers protect against attacks, malware and botnets, no matter where they connect and communicate.

* Cisco Security Cloud Services: This service ties together services from multiple networks and applications, bringing together the cloud and the enterprise network for highly secure collaborative communications. The Cisco Security Cloud supports the recently announced Cisco IronPort Hosted Email Security Services as well as Global Correlation, a powerful new technique that powers security services integrated into Cisco's broad range of security offerings.
* Cisco IPS Sensor Software Version 7.0: Global Correlation for intrusion prevention system (IPS) harnesses the power of Cisco Security Intelligence Operations, a powerful threat-defense ecosystem, to achieve unprecedented threat-protection efficacy.
* Cisco ASA 5500 Series 8.2 Software: This offering in the Cisco Adaptive Security Appliances family is designed to enhance end-to-end security for offices of all sizes, improving threat mitigation and enabling companies to more securely connect, communicate and conduct business.
* Cisco SAFE: A security reference architecture that provides prescriptive validated design guides to help organizations plan, design and deploy security solutions across the network, such as campus offices, the Internet edge, branches and data centers. These blueprints provide defense-in-depth guidance and best practices for securing data and transactions as they traverse the network.
* Cisco Information Technology Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance (IT GRC) Security Assessment Services: These services help organizations establish a single program for reducing information security risk and the cost of compliance, by aligning business and technology strategies. With the Cisco IT GRC Security Assessment Services, organizations can establish a common control framework: a single, unified set of security controls that efficiently meet compliance obligations and protect organizations from threats.

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