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Cisco at RSA 2012: A Sneak Peek

Last year at the RSA security show, Cisco announced the SecureX security strategy. SecureX is designed to help organizations address security from a holistic perspective, rather than a siloed approach, using an integrated framework of innovative new security devices blended with the security-aware network. This approach allows organizations to truly address critical issues like BYOD and the consumerization of network enabled devices, the transition to virtualized data centers and cloud-based computing, the flood of data coming from social media sites and the use of new high-bandwidth services such as video collaboration, and the spread of sophisticated new attacks aimed at your organization’s soft spots. Cisco also announced powerful new tools to increase the reach and efficacy of security. The first was the addition of context awareness to security and network devices to add real granular control over users and devices. We also announced a powerful new policy-based solution, the Cisco Identity Services Engine, which allows organizations for the first time ever to truly take control of security policy creation, deployment, enforcement, and management. Next, we announced the broadening of our Security Intelligence Operations that allows us to fine tune our entire family of security solutions in real-time with actionable data gathered from hundreds of thousands of sensors located across the globe. Cisco SIO is now the largest threat telemetry service in the world. And in the year since that announcement we have continued to deliver innovative new devices and technologies designed to address security issues, from the endpoint, across the edge and branch, and out across the virtualized data center and cloud environments. So this year, at RSA 2012, Cisco will announce our plans to continue to drive innovation and revolutionize security through our SecureX strategy. For those of you heading out to this year’s event, here is a sneak peek at what you can expect:
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Cisco at RSA 2012: Putting Things In Context

It’s that time of year again. The annual RSA security show brings together all the major security vendors under one roof for a week of training, announcements, and vendors hawking their latest wares. This year we can expect the usual cadre of legacy security vendors with their stand-alone, siloed products pretending that they now support clouds and mobile workers and BYOD. Booth babes, jugglers, magicians, and flashy giveaways will fill the exhibit halls while vendors play shell games with the security of customers, all adding a cacophony of noise to an already confusing situation.

Amidst all the hoopla and fanfare, however, Cisco Systems, the largest security vendor in the world, will be there with perhaps the only reasonable strategy for securing the networks organizations are creating today.

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Cisco CloudVerse Enables Public, Private, and Hybrid Clouds

Today we are announcing Cisco CloudVerse, an integrated set of capabilities that enables customers to deliver cloud applications and services by uniquely combining the unified data center and cloud intelligent network. CloudVerse is the culmination of Cisco’s data center and network innovation over the last few years and provides our customer with the platform for their journey to the cloud. CloudVerse enables our customers to deliver cloud applications and services with a cloud platform tailored to their needs – whether private, public, or hybrid – in an interconnected world of many clouds.

CloudVerse enables service providers, governments, and enterprises to offer their solutions as a service and deliver them with the full benefits of clouds. CloudVerse’s benefits are greater simplicity in deployment and management of cloud services, stronger security with a more comprehensive approach, faster service agility, improved economics, and an assured experience for cloud users.

CloudVerse integrates the three key elements of a business-class cloud:

  1. Unified Data Center – Bringing together the compute, network, management, and storage elements to offer an integrated platform for applications and services
  2. Cloud Intelligent Network – This is an enhancement of both the enterprise Borderless Networks and the SP next-generation network with cloud aware capabilities
  3. Cloud Applications and Services – Cisco offers a set of pre-tested applications and services for those companies looking to build and provide cloud services to individuals, businesses, and their own organizations

Let’s dive a bit deeper into what these CloudVerse pillars are comprised of.

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MDM Not The Only Avenue To BYOD Security

November 2, 2011 at 7:09 am PST

Okay, this may sound like gibberish. But I’m sure that many of you know what I mean. Just to be clear, let me put the title in plain English: Mobile Device Management (MDM) is not the only approach to help secure a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environment.

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Zeus: Malware Designed to go After Your Bank Account

One of the more (in)famous examples of malware is the banking Trojan Zeus. We have covered Zeus before (Seth Hanford’s post, Zeus: Getting a Taste of its Own Medicine), but like William Shatner, it is one of those things that never seems to get old. Zeus is interesting because it was one of the more successful commercial or productized forms of malware, but more than that, it was a financial crimeware solution.

Zeus was sold in the form of a kit, and has been available in freeware, cheap and expensive versions ranging in price up to several thousand dollars or more. The kit allowed you to build malware that would help you steal banking and identity information. The malware has an initial configuration baked in when you do the build process, but once it goes live on the host it phones home for a dynamic configuration, which includes where to upload stolen data to, hosts file entries etc.

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