As recently announced, Cisco AnyConnect 4.2 extends visibility to the endpoint with the Network Visibility Module (NVM). Users are one of the most vulnerable parts of any security strategy, with 78% of organizations saying in a recent survey that a malicious or negligent employee had been the cause of a breach. However, until now, IT Administrators had been blind to user behavior on their devices. NVM allows you to monitor and analyze this rich data to help you defend against potential security threats like data exfiltration and shadow IT, as well as address network operations challenges like application capacity planning and troubleshooting.
AnyConnect NVM supports the Cisco Network Visibility Flow protocol or nvzFlow for short
(pronounced: en-vizzy-flow). The protocol is designed to provide greater network visibility of endpoints in a lightweight manner by extending standard IPFIX with a small set of high-value endpoint context data. Leading IPFIX vendors have begun implementing the new protocol to provide customers with an unprecedented level of visibility.
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Tags: Advanced Machine Learning Algorithms, Big Data, Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, Cisco Network Visibility Flow Protocol, Cisco Security, cisco technology, ipfix, machine learning, netflow, nvzFlow, security, security research, Standarization
Founded in 2007, RetailMeNot.com is the largest digital coupon site in the US. They help hundreds of thousands of customers save money when shopping online. They are headquartered in Austin Texas, in the hip “Live Music Capital of the World”. Since the company went public in 2013, the company has doubled the number of employees from 250 to over 500.
In previous blogs, I have covered what is AVC, SuccessEHS and how Plixer’s Scrutinizer accepts Netflow, sFlow and IPFIX exports. This post will cover how these key products are combined by RetailMeNot in their WLAN deployments to optimize and support this fast growing company.
Recently Michael Patterson, the Founder and Product Manager at Plixer, Matthew St. Jean the Marketing Manager at Plixer and I had an opportunity to talk to Tim Tyndall, the Lead Network Engineer at RetailMeNot. Tim shared with us the highlights of the wireless LAN deployment and explained how they use Cisco Application Visibility and Control and Plixer’s Scrutinizer to stay in control of how their WLAN is being utilized.
Tim described the environment and culture that has become a huge part of the company’s success. RetailMeNot provides hip new offices for its employees with open work spaces and other awesome perks.
The Cisco powered wireless network supports this initiative. In fact, nearly all network connectivity is wireless. He said that employees are issued a laptop by the company and many carry in their own smartphones and tablets as well; Most of those devices being from Apple.
Employees can roam freely with reliable service that spans the company’s five floors. Even during large meetings where access density increases dramatically, service continues without any interruptions and the performance metrics they can obtain using NetFlow is exceptional and reinforce that the traffic is optimized. Read More »
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