SecureX: Reduce Complexity by Integrating Your Security Ecosystem

Managing security is complex because of evolving threats, the need to retain talent, and a sprawling vendor landscape. Growing your business securely does not just involve adopting new security technologies to counter new threats. Or keeping up with challenges introduced through new business processes.

As a CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) or IT Security Manager, you are constantly battling unrelenting demands to keep your organisation secure. You are protecting a workforce that needs to access applications and data on any device, anywhere, at any time. You are fortifying an increasingly digitised business to ensure every part of the ecosystem, from network to cloud, is safe. You are ensuring that workloads are secured wherever they are running, 24/7. You want your organisation to make headlines for the right reasons, not the wrong ones.

And there’s no question that cyber threat actors are well funded and constantly innovating. Perennial challenges, like keeping an accurate inventory of users, applications, and devices, never go away. You try to empower teams to move fast, aware of the balancing act between accelerating your success and ensuring the reliability of your security. Between new regulations, board mandates, static budgets, enabling a secure remote workforce, and the revolving door of security talent… the CISO never rests.

To make matters worse, you have been forced to use individual point solutions from an industry that is rife with incompatibility, running your operations across dozens of tools and a plethora of consoles with inconsistent integration. And this, combined with unmet scores of patching and maintenance needs, inevitably leaves vulnerabilities in different point solutions across the security infrastructure.

With disparate solutions and vendors, it seems an insurmountable program to maintain. However, a security platform can transform your infrastructure from a series of disjointed solutions into a fully integrated environment. It can connect the breadth of your security portfolio and your entire security infrastructure to establish coverage across every threat vector and access point and evolve your organisation's security to meet the needs of tomorrow.

A platform can unify your security technologies to combine visibility and identify areas for automation, orchestration, and analytics. And in doing so, it can free up and empower your security teams while making decisions based on timely, accurate data to support the overall success of your business.

If you approach your security infrastructure without a platform approach, the product-to-product integrations result in a sprawl of point solutions designed and supported by different vendors. This creates fragmented visibility and manual workflows across your security infrastructure, limiting the value from every solution.

Wouldn’t it help if your security infrastructure were greater than the sum of its parts?

A lack of integration exposes a critical security weakness in an organisation’s ability to respond to threats rapidly and achieve lower dwell times. Thus, visibility in context becomes much more meaningful.

Because multiple vendor solutions have multiple point-to-point integrations, if any integrations at all, they don’t effectively share context and analytics to identify indicators of compromise. Further, they have limited opportunity to enrich and prioritise alerts and present high-value alerts in concise ways. More problematic, this results in little to no connection between seeing the alert and acting on it.

Certainly, no single security solution can keep entire organisations secure. And no single dashboard can fix the security domain’s need for greater visibility. Success depends on understanding the relationships between technologies that link systems and using this knowledge to create greater synergy between them. It sounds easier said than done – so how do you translate this vision?

A platform approach to security underscores the importance of openness – the ability to connect your existing security infrastructure to an open, integrated platform with out-of-the-box interoperability. Your business should be free to explore new solutions without having to worry about spending your resources on integrating them later.

Consider four pillars of enablement in such an environment. You can:

  1. Know what data is shared to speed time-to-detection
  2. Run automated policy changes to speed response
  3. Provide contextual awareness to embed granular controls across your security architecture
  4. Harmonise your security policies and drive stronger outcomes with SecOps, NetOps, and ITOps collaboration

What is Cisco SecureX?

At the heart of a security platform, Cisco SecureX, is a simple idea: security solutions should be designed to act as one team. They should learn from each other. They should listen and respond as a coordinated unit. When that happens, security becomes systematic and more effective.

With this platform design, Cisco has made it possible to:

  1. Confidently secure your business: Meet your security needs of today and tomorrow with the broadest, most integrated security platform that protects your diverse access points from a variety of threat vectors
  2. Automate security workflows: Increase the efficiency and precision of your existing resources via automation to advance your security maturity and stay ahead of an ever-changing threat landscape
  3. Collaborate better than ever: Share context between SecOps, ITOps, and NetOps to harmonise security policies and drive stronger outcomes across workflows that turn security from a blocker to an enabler
  4. Reduce complexity and maximise benefits: Advance the potential of your Cisco Security investments, try other components of the Cisco portfolio through free trials, and connect to your existing security infrastructure via out-of-the-box interoperability

Cisco Security gives you a unique opportunity to combine the breadth of Cisco’s portfolio with your entire security infrastructure for a consistent experience. This unifies visibility, enables automation, and strengthens security across your network, endpoint, cloud, and applications.

The environment enables your staff to automate threat detection and response, as well as network policy management, and deploy zero trust access to drive deeper visibility and stronger policy controls. The result is simplified security, built into the solutions you already have. Imagine eliminating friction points between individual security operations and workflows.