It’s December and the 2013 cyber security news cycle has just about run its course. We’ve seen more and increasingly virulent attacks, continued “innovation” by adversaries, and a minor revival of distributed denial of services (DDOS) actions perpetrated by hacktivists and other socio-politically motived actors.

Against this, Cisco stood up tall in recognizing the importance of strong security as both an ingredient baked into all Cisco products, services, and solutions, and a growing understanding of how to use the network to identify, share information about, and defeat threats to IT assets and value generation processes. I can also look back at 2013 as the year that we made internal compliance with the Cisco Secure Development Lifecycle (CSDL) process a stop-ship-grade requirement for all new Cisco products and development projects.

By way of a coming attraction, Cisco will report 2013 trends and 2014 outlooks when we release our Annual Security Report (ASR) in January. I can’t give away any spoilers, but the ASR provides a warts-and-all analysis of this year’s security news and next year’s expectations backed by hard data we’ve compiled through protecting Cisco and our customers. I have more to say about what to expect in 2014 and the Cisco Annual Security Report in the video below:

Thanks as always for reading and watching!