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Bringing Context-Aware Security to Applications

Are you really who you say you are? This has long been the key question and the key challenge in managing user access to corporate networks and IT systems. In recent years, capabilities for context-aware security have expanded this WHO question to identify the WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, and HOW details for each login attempt at the network level. Now, a planned deployment of application connector software for the Cisco Identity Services Engine (Cisco ISE) will extend our context-aware security down to the application level.

How Context Awareness Supports More Control

Network security has traditionally operated on trust that the person behind a login name and password is indeed the right one. The problem is when hackers capture usernames and passwords. They can simply login and access anything authorized for that user, even the most sensitive data and most critical systems. Context-aware security limits that open access by evaluating more factors in the login and detecting variations from the user’s norms.

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The Importance of Security Skills in Today’s Workplace

Information technology and its use have transformed every aspect of society. In today’s digital economy, every company requires effective security to protect their information. Security breaches mean lost intellectual property, compromised customer information, and reduced customer confidence. These are critical considerations as organizations become more agile and try to grow their business models to leverage evolving trends of mobility, cloud and digitization.

The number of connected devices alone is expected to grow to 50 billion sensors, objects, and other connected “things” by the year 2020. With this, the number and type of attack vectors will increase, as will the amount of data, creating a daunting challenge for companies and those responsible for defending the infrastructure.

Cybersecurity has expanded from just focusing on building secure technology perimeters, to now also working with business management to reduce security risks – as well as detecting, responding to, investigating and handling security events when they occur. As a result, security is not a point-in-time component, but rather, it must be a part of every deployment, every development and every decision.

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – November 6, 2015


Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco Partner Ecosystem news and stories, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:

Off the Top

Extending Security Everywhere

Security Everywhere was originally launched in June during CiscoLive in San Diego. As Cisco continues its commitment to provide the most comprehensive security portfolio in the industry, this week Security Everywhere expanded further into the cloud, network and endpoints.


Al Jacobellis, Director of Security Solutions Strategy, explains how this most recent launch creates new opportunities for partners and highlights a few key solutions.

Also be sure to visit the Extending Security Everywhere Launch Site for partners to see how you can start taking advantage today.

In the News: Extending Security Everywhere

Good Reads

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Cisco Security Workshop at OilComm 2015


OilComm2015-CiscoGet the edge and agility to innovate, compete, and win with Cisco’s digital solutions for oil and gas. Connect machines, assets, and people across your business with proven architectures and technologies. Secure it all from board room to field worker to remote, unmanned site.

Ever wondered about how to tackle the security risks the Oil and gas industry is facing? Well, if you’re at the OilComm Conference and Exposition in the George R. Brown Convention Center Houston, TX during November 4th to 6th, check out the 10.00am to 11:30am session with joint leader Robert Albach, Cisco Product Line Manager, IoT Security: How to Build New Risk Reduction and Communications Security Strategies from Scratch
Room: 360 DE

The details are on the right, and if you attend you’ll get new insights into how to secure your critical infrastructure, how to go about assessing the risk factors, and get practical tips from a no-nonsense panel.

To add the workshop to your outlook, click here.

After you’ve attended, let us know what you think by commenting on this blog!

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European Utility Week Showcases Cisco Leadership


pcouturaGuest blog by Philippe Couturaud, Cisco Business Development Manager, EMEAR Utilities:

This week you have the opportunity of meeting up with Cisco at the European Utility Week event in Austria. Cisco has become synonymous with providing advanced critical infrastructure for our utility customers enabling higher availability, greater reliability, and stronger security.

At stand A.k35 in the exhibition area (Hall ‘A’, Stand k35) you can come by our booth and learn how Cisco continues to expand our portfolio to better serve our customers. You can talk to our experts and experience our industry use case demonstrations showcasing new solutions for Cyber/Physical Security, Teleprotection, MPLS, and a lot more:

EUW2015Booth* Demonstrations at the booth will include “Unify Your Field Area Network Deployment”, “Effectively Manage Substation Operations“, “Teleprotection Over MPLS WAN“, along with “Fleet & Field Worker Solutions“.

  • * Cisco will be part of the GRID4EU Hub presentation on Nov. 4th, 9.15 AM to 12.30 PM. The Demo leaders will present the results of the most promising approaches and solutions developed within their demos – session 34 in the Hub.

Come visit us and find out about smarter, safer, more highly secure power grids offering reliable, efficient service. See how you can monitor, log, and diagnose systems with Cisco’s substation security solution. Find out how you can unify your field area network deployment with Cisco. See how Cisco is making a difference in the industry!

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

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