infoTECH Feature

June 19, 2013

CISCO Creates Secured Network Using pxGrid Technology

CISCO has been working hard to develop new ways to help businesses stay secure. Under its Cisco (News - Alert) Security Technology Partner Ecosystem, the company revealed it has a new set of improvements geared toward defending network threats, offering companies a greater network visibility, and offering them a more reliable system.

Network threats have become a growing problem in the IT industry. Data is being leaked, tampered with, altered, stolen and changed on a daily basis. Companies continue to make strides towards defending their data with services such as cloud computing. However, not everyone has access to cloud services and many businesses find themselves struggling to keep their information secure.

CISCO has been able to distinguish itself as a leader in networking equipment. With its latest ISE developments, the IT company was able to create a new network that will not only enhance a company’s operations, but will accelerate the troubleshooting process, all while keeping data safe.

The new platform, Identity Services Engine (ISE), takes advantage of a framework platform called Platform Exchange Grid (pxGrid), which brings the strength to the system. Additionally, the system will have the ability to be integrated with security information event management (SIEM) and other threat defense systems. These will add-on an additional layer of protection.

CISCO said ISE is a network that will “deliver a unified, real-time source of control for identity and endpoint devices, policy context and network access across a costumer’s network, expanding the intelligence this customer can use in concert with its IT infrastructure to discover, defend and remediate threats.”

Dave Frampton, vice president and general manager of CISCO Secure Access and Mobility Product Group, said that CISCO’s ISE platform offering is the first of its kind. "Until now, SIEM/threat defense systems have lacked a complete picture of mobility and BYOD security risks, but with our new ecosystem they can use ISE network telemetry to correlate user, device and policy context with their traditional threat defense data sets,” Frampton said.

“In addition to identifying new categories of possible threats on the network, they can now also target suspicious mobile devices and start creating device- or user- or group-specific analytics for additional scrutiny,” he added. “By incorporating unique real time network and device context from ISE, they now have a single source of truth all from one screen.”

Edited by Alisen Downey

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