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The firewall. It’s a cornerstone for every security stack, an important element of the Cisco Secure portfolio, and foundational to partner profitability. In 2022, Forrester Consulting interviewed Cisco Secure Firewall customers, establishing that Cisco’s enhancements have made significant waves, reducing the time needed for routine firewall tasks by up to 95%, generating 83% faster incident response times, and delivering a 195% return on investment with a payback of less than one year.

Coupled with the agility of Cisco enterprise and cloud networking, this creates a connected and protected environment built for success. It’s what organizations need in the face of ever-changing ransomware, malware, and other threats.

Protecting customer networks across complicated environments

Networks are significantly more complex today, both multi-perimeter and multi-cloud. And over the past few years, your customers have often been asked to divert scarce resources and attention from one area to another to meet the latest critical need. Now, Cisco provides a more cost-effective way forward, allowing your customers to catch up on the maturity of their security posture while also refreshing their network.

Whether your customer is refreshing branch offices, hybrid data center estate, or campus environments, Secure Firewall delivers industry-differentiated threat visibility, including in encrypted traffic. Cisco Secure Firewall also delivers policy consistency with firewalling and micro-segmentation across hybrid and multi-cloud, hyperconverged, virtual, IoT, and on-premises environments. In other words, everywhere.

Cisco also provides unique capabilities to better secure your application environments and ensure uptime, without expensive rearchitecting. As a Cisco partner, you can help your customers evolve their environments and accelerate a new approach with security resilience as the foundation so you can plan based on risk and bounce back faster from challenges.

New partner-led offering powers secure, connected experiences

To ensure that when it’s connected it’s protected, Cisco has created special Connect and Protect Offers. These offers allow you to target your existing Cisco Meraki, Catalyst, ISR, or Nexus customers that do not currently run Cisco Firewalls, Cloud Security Umbrella DNS, or Secure Internet Gateway (SIG) solutions. Cisco partners can immediately take advantage of special incentives and leverage hyper-competitive offers from these Cisco Secure solutions. To learn more about the offer, eligibility requirements and the partner incentives it includes, explore the Connect and Protect Offers site.

The opportunity that lies ahead is tremendous. With this offer you can help customers advance their security posture in a way that is not only cost-effective but also helps them meet the security needs of hybrid work for the long term.

Learn more about this offer and how it impacts your end-to-end profitability by visiting the Connect and Protect Offers page and check out our new Connect and Protect Offer Overview video coming soon. Here is what you can do to get started:

  1. Engage your networking teams because awareness is critical.
  2. Get connected with your Cisco Security Account Managers
  3. Always register your deals

Cisco partner community, the time is now! The Connect and Protect Offers allow you to focus on customer adoption while our overall firewall incentives enable you to achieve the highest profitability when migrating existing customers and displacing competitors with Cisco Secure Firewall. You do not want to miss out on the opportunity to access significant incentives to land Cisco Secure Firewall plus Umbrella DNS or SIG today to accelerate customers’ SSE journeys.

Learn more about the Connect and Protect Offers here! 


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Shawn Yuskaitis

Director, Global Security Go-to-Market Strategy & Sales Acceleration

Global Partner & Routes to Market Sales

Frank Lento

Sr. Director, Global Security Sales, Partnerships & Ecosystems

Global Security Sales Organization