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A Visibility-Driven Approach to Next-Generation Firewalls

Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services has redefined the next-generation firewall (NGFW) as an adaptive, threat-focused platform, delivering superior, multi-layered protection, unparalleled visibility, and reduced security costs and complexity.

This innovative new solution addresses three strategic imperatives—being visibility-driven, threat focused, and platform-based. In this post, we will examine the necessity of a foundation of full contextual awareness and visibility—to see everything in an environment, detect multi-vector threats and eliminate the visibility gaps in traditional defenses comprised of disparate point technologies that sophisticated attackers exploit.

In an aptly titled recent post from Joseph O’Laughlin, “You Cannot Protect What You Can’t See,” he discusses why visibility (and subsequent control) into only applications and users is no longer enough to protect today’s dynamic environments and outlines how visibility into the network enables better network protection. This core concept of visibility into the network is at the heart of Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services (and our Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention Systems too) that sets it apart from all other network security competitors. Read More »

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A New Model to Protect the Endpoint, Part 3: Automated Advanced Analytics

In my final post in this series, I wanted to focus on another powerful innovation made possible by combining a big data architecture and a continuous approach for more effective protection: automated, advanced analytics.

Today’s advanced malware compromises environments from an array of attack vectors, takes endless form factors, launches attacks over time, and can obfuscate the exfiltration of data. To detect advanced attacks as they move laterally through the network and across endpoints, defenders need technologies that automatically look for Indicators of Compromise (IoCs) left behind by malware and exploits, as well as more advanced behaviors of compromise that happen over time. Read More »

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