Lippis Report 188: Cisco Deepens the Visibility and Control Attributes of the SecureX Framework to Deliver Context-Aware Mitigation

March 20th, 2012

SecureX is the network security framework that Cisco launched last year. The company has now deepened SecureX to bolster its ability to provide SecOps greater visibility of applications and network traffic, and control of network security resources to mitigate exploits faster and more effectively by providing context- aware security information brought on by Bring Your Own Device or BYOD plus cloud computing applications and services. Cisco achieves this through its new ASA-CX Context-Aware Security capabilities, expanded support for Security Group Tagging or SGT within TrustSec enabled devices, and the addition of device profiling functionality in the IOS of its routers, switches and wireless access points. All of this security technology works with its Identity Services Engine or ISE—Cisco’s identity and access control policy platform.

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Lippis Report 168: Cisco Pulls All the Pieces of Its Network Security Program into One Architecture: SecureX

March 15th, 2011

nicklippis.jpgCisco recently launched its SecureX architecture that extends perimeter-based network security to secure modern IT, recognizing the huge growth in mobile and cloud computing. SecureX is a multi-layer architecture built upon Cisco’s AnyConnect client, its global footprint in real-time threat intelligence found in SIO (Security Intelligence Operation), Cisco TrustSec, including policy servers of NAC manager and server appliances, ASA firewall and the security enforcement features of its switches and routers. SecureX is an architecture to Cisco’s network security products and service to work together in an effort to create deeper defenses and contain exploit infestation if, and when, they occur. Fundamental to SecureX is the concept of “context aware” policy across the enterprise, including remote endpoint devices, centralized policy creation with distributed security device and network enforcement. SecureX provides for innovation injection points through APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) for management and SIEM or Security Information and Event Management. In this Lippis Report Research Note, we explore SecureX with a focus on how context increases defenses and keeps IT assets safer.

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The Future of Network Security: Cisco’s SecureX Architecture

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March 15th, 2011

By Cisco Systems

There are three major trends sweeping through the enterprise: the rapid rise of the consumerized endpoint, the onset of virtualization and cloud computing, and the growing use of high-definition video conferencing. Each of these critical technologies is transforming business—and forcing a fundamental shift in how security is developed and deployed. In this white paper, Cisco describes its SecureX architecture and how it has evolved IT security so that IT leaders can enjoy the benefits of these IT trends securely.

Lippis Report 145: Cisco Expands TrustSec for 802.1x Access Control, Policy, Identity and Encryption

April 5th, 2010

nicklippis.jpgMany IT leaders are striving to understand who is on their network and what they are doing. These are two simple questions and yet, in many cases, IT business leaders do not have a good way to answer them. And once IT leaders are able to obtain this information the question then becomes what else I can do with the data: obtain a history report, perform statistics for analysis and planning, generate compliance reports and much more. To tightly link business processes with networked applications, IT leaders need to wrap policy, identity and security around users and IT assets.

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Cisco TrustSec

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March 17th, 2010

By Cisco Systems

The traditional network and physical perimeter is no longer the only borderline to defend information security. Collaboration, IT consumerization, mobility, and new computing technologies are driving productivity gains while presenting renewed security requirements. There is greater pressure on IT to meet the demands of a dynamic workforce, both in terms of service delivery and security challenges. New solutions are needed to protect borderless networks and to help further improve business efficiencies in the mean time. Cisco® TrustSec is such a solution.

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TrustSec Architecture Expands To Incorporate 802.1x & NAC

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March 17th, 2010

StevenSong-photoCisco’s TrustSec is architecture with its implementation spread across client software, infrastructure (Catalyst & Nexus) and policy (Access Control System and NAC appliance). Cisco has expanded TrustSec to incorporate 802.1x clients allowing IT leaders to mix and match NAC and 802.1x endpoints. TrustSec organizes and simplifies authentication and policy schema allowing administrators to configure and maintain identity-based access to IT resources while identifying and applying policy based on a user roles in the organization. TrustSec also provides encrypted links at the switch port level. Steven Song Security Business Manager in the Network Systems & Security group at Cisco Systems joins me to discuss TrustSec and how Cisco is expanding its services and importance for IT business leaders.