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AnyConnect Makes Working From Anywhere Even More Secure

AnyConnect 4.2 adds deeper visibility and control over endpoints and network access

In our mobile, connected world more users are connecting to the corporate network with more devices from more places than ever before. In fact, analysts estimate that this year the average worker will use three personal devices for work purposes – that’s more than 15 billion mobile devices with access to enterprise networks. And the reality is that many of those devices have been compromised; 75 percent of organizations surveyed by Cisco said their mobile devices had been targeted by malware within the past 12 months.

Organizations need to provide secure access to systems and data over a mix of trusted and untrusted networks and personal and corporate-sanctioned devices. Cisco is committed to helping organizations extend security everywhere with an intelligent, seamless, and always-on connectivity experience across the proliferating scope of mobile devices.

Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client supports context-aware comprehensive security policy enforcement regardless of where the endpoint is physically located. The new Cisco AnyConnect extends security even deeper into endpoints and the network with new capabilities that provider greater visibility to protect what matters most – corporate digital assets.

Cisco AnyConnect, now version 4.2, delivers significant improvements and new features for greater endpoint visibility and control.

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Extending Security Everywhere

Just a few months ago at Cisco Live U.S., we announced both our strategy and several new offerings for Security Everywhere Across the Extended Network. We believe that our vision of delivering Security Everywhere – from the cloud to the network to the endpoint – is essential to reduce risk, gain competitive advantage and make security a growth engine for organizations. Today we are extending Security Everywhere with new capabilities and services that deliver greater visibility, context and control from the cloud to the network to the endpoint, for organizations of all sizes.

Extending Security Deeper into the Network and Endpoints

Employees need access to more enterprise resources from more devices than ever and attacker ingenuity and persistence has reached new heights. As a result, organizations are losing sight of who and what is accessing the network – and the threats that may take hold. Controlling and detecting lateral movement of these threats inside a network is a major challenge most organizations face. Cisco is further improving its market leading capabilities to meet this challenge by simplifying the deployment of software based segmentation, leveraging more of the network’s intelligence, and extending flow based visibility for detecting insider and advanced persistent threats beyond the network to one of the most commonly deployed endpoint agents in the world.

  • Cisco Identity Service Engine (“ISE”) 2.0 provides several new capabilities that extend the visibility and control of the network for security. The new integration with the Cisco Mobility Services Engine (MSE) provides geo-location for access control. For example, it can grant specific access to top secret resources required for confidential conversations in the boardroom, but then change that level of access as soon as participants leave the meeting to prevent ongoing access. A new work center for TrustSEC deployments dramatically simplifies the deployment of software based segmentation across the network along with new expanded support for third party network access devices. ISE is also an amazingly valuable source of contextual information for security systems that can help any system execute its role better. With ISE 2.0, we are further expanding our industry leading partner community to include several new vendors including Check Point, Infoblox, and Invincea while expanding partners ability to take real time action in the network with new adaptive network control capabilities to augment the rapid threat containment integrations with Lancope Stealthwatch and FireSIGHT Management Center.
  • Cisco AnyConnect, our world-class VPN for secure mobility that is deployed by organizations across the globe, now delivers deep endpoint visibility into application flows, allowing security administrators to extend visibility down to the device and track behavior off and on premise and quickly spot and scope internal threats arising from compromised systems or inappropriate insider behavior.

Extending Security Further with the Cloud

Enterprises of all sizes are adopting the cloud. From productivity to line-of-business to vertical applications, SaaS and public cloud are enabling the Digital Economy. At the same, more than half the employees in the enterprise today are working outside of the network perimeter. To accelerate this transformation, Cisco is extending security further into the cloud with the following new offerings:

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The Sidelines That Had a Big Win

As the Internet of Everything continues to progress and more people, process, data and things begin to connect to each other, it’s getting easier to see how the future will fit together. The pieces of the IoE puzzle will no longer be disparate things, but a single, connected unit with technology at the core.

A great way to demonstrate this connection is to think of everyday situations. A child’s big game is important to any parent, and the CFO of a Fortune 500 company is no exception. But when the CFO is double booked with a meeting and his son’s big soccer game, he might worry how to balance his life at home with his life at work. Thanks to IoE, he doesn’t have to choose.

The Internet of Everything connects the CFO’s phone and car, which communicate to keep him on a conference call with his sales team while he travels to the field. He knows that when home phones become work phones – thanks in part to technology like Cisco Connected Mobile Experience – work can fit in anywhere. At the field, his connected tablet provides updates on the real-time sales data of products sold nationwide. Instead of having to step aside from the game to check in with the office, the CFO can watch his company break the all-time sales record as it happens, virtually with his sales team via Cisco WebEx, while celebrating his son’s win, in person on the sidelines.

And that is just the beginning. Imagine that the soccer ball is instrumented to provide feedback to individual children, helping them to improve their game, while at the same time providing the coach with play-by-play replays on his tablet. Video feeds of the game can be sent to grandmothers in other states so they can watch their grandchildren play. And as the play clock ticks down, uniforms monitor the kids’ vitals to ensure no one gets dehydrated, sending alerts to the parent volunteers when a child needs an extra water break.

This is the kind of experience the Internet of Everything is making possible. Explore the interactive image above to learn more. No longer must people choose between things such as work and play. IoE is integrating the two, creating opportunities for flexibility, security and real-time success.

Tell me, how can you see IoE making a difference in your world? Leave a comment here or join the conversation on Twitter to add your thoughts.

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Cisco AnyConnect + SAFE™

6,000 miles away from Cisco headquarters, the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client for Android was showcased at Samsung’s SAFE™ (Samsung for Enterprise) booth at Mobile World Congress 2013. The SAFE program offers enterprise customers the peace of mind to use Samsung devices for both work and play. As noted in this year’s annual security report, Android malware grew 2577% over 2012. Under the SAFE program, Samsung has built an enterprise mobile ecosystem and partnered with key market leaders to deliver tested enterprise-ready solutions on their portfolio of smart devices. Read More »

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A Look Back at 2012: Evolution of Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI)

As 2012 came to a close, I found myself looking back not only on the events of world at large but also on just how much progress we have made here at Cisco with the Cisco VXI Smart Solution. I took a moment to reflect on the incredible value VXI delivered to our customers last year.

Since its inception in 2010, the Cisco VXI Smart Solution has been at the center of successful virtual desktop initiatives. VXI brings together compute and collaboration in a complete solution and lets people seamlessly experience their desktops anywhere–on any device. I am very pleased to say that we have more than 1,000 VXI customers and that number is growing. With every new release, VXI has evolved with innovations that maximize performance, scalability, security and user experience while minimizing complexity and risk.

In 2012, we delivered major enhancements across the solution. We introduced optimization that reduces storage costs–often one of the biggest investments in a desktop virtualization program. We have enhanced data center performance and scalability with the remarkably successful Cisco UCS, or Cisco Unified Computing System. Now customers can easily scale from 500 to 29,000 virtual desktops on a single system by simply adding blades. The advantage of these performance enhancements becomes very obvious when large user groups are logging on at the same time—just imagine a call center at 8 am on a Monday.

Security is always at the top of the list for any organization thinking about virtualization. In 2012, Cisco VXI enhanced security for end users with support for Cisco AnyConnect VPN and single sign-on with Citrix Receiver. Security policy was also improved with integration of Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) into the solution. ISE gives customers greater control with policy-based security services for both corporate and employee devices, protecting organizations from data loss, compliance issues, loss of revenue and brand damage.

The VXI Smart Solution has always been a leader in user experience for desktop virtualization. We pioneered a new collaboration architecture for voice and video by eliminating the primary cause of poor quality in virtual desktop environments–namely the hairpin effect. We went even further this year by integrating Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) Software, which reduces the amount of bandwidth needed to deliver workspace traffic over the WAN by up to 70%. Now, people are able to collaborate with voice and video calling on their virtual desktops – or as we like to call it– the Unified Workspace.

Complementing the VXI technologies are comprehensive design guides, services, support and our technology partner ecosystem. The Cisco Validated Designs (CVDs) for VMware and for Citrix give our customers an end-to-end blueprint for implementation and they are updated with every release to facilitate success. To further assure a premium experience and exceptional flexibility, we have expanded our ecosystem of technology partners to include smartcards, endpoints and accessories.

While it gives me much satisfaction to reflect on the past 12 months I am even more enthusiastic about what’s in store for VXI in 2013. Right off the bat, you’ll hear about the next chapter in the evolution of the VXI Smart Solution with our upcoming announcement. Join us on January 17 to learn what’s new.


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