#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking about Branch Security with Cisco Subject Matter Experts Kural Arangasamy and Hai Bo Ma.
Kural Arangasamy, (@kuralvanan) Technical Engineer
Hai Bo Ma, Engineering product Manager
Breana Jordan (@breanajordan12)
- Primary topic is securing the branch since the solutions are being tested by IWAN team.
- Discussing mainly branch security in general
- Discussion topics:
- Threat landscape and the need for a security solution in a branch environment
- Use cases some of our customers are interested in
- Solutions offered on our router platforms, specifically on the ISR platform
- Security at top of mind
- Now what we commonly see are attackers gaining access to the network and remain undetected for a long period of time.
- Different type of threats and so we have different types of protection
- Not one size fits all for a security solution
- Common use case and solutions
- Guest direct access to the internet
- Secure cloud and partner access
- Full direct internet access
- Device posture based internet access
- Best for customer to chose between one of the models
- Q: Bandwidth is not expensive anymore, what’s the performance hit if you turn on all the features vs. back-hauling everything to headquarters?
- Benefit and effort trade-off
- Common use case and solutions with router platforms shows the different protections for all 4 use cases
- The design guide for use cases:
- This does not have the new solutions
- CWS connector on ISR establishes an encrypted tunnel to CWS tower which has a CSR on the other end
- Q: Is there any extra h/w or s/w required to do the device inspection?
- Q: How do you trust wifi, how do you trust an access point? You can spoof a lot of this data
- Q: Wondering about any real world examples…what are some examples of business that have transitioned to an IWAN? What are some positive things they experienced?
- Q: Sizing guidelines? Is there a link to the sizing guidelines mentioned earlier?
- Q: Container service within the ISR – are the ISRs now running linux?
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