Security has emerged as a leading pain point for CIOs, executives, and even in the boardroom due to changing business models and growing attack surfaces, a threat landscape that is more dynamic by the day and the increasing complexity of IT environments.

With these challenges as a backdrop, attendees of our 25th annual Cisco Live! event last week in San Francisco absorbed over 170 hours of security-focused material, including hands-on labs, seminars, technical breakouts, panel discussions, and keynotes. This overwhelming amount of time and effort is a testament to Cisco’s commitment to protecting our customers against the latest threats across the full attack continuum—before, during, and after an attack.

In case you could not attend or make a session, particular highlights from the week included Chris Young and Bryan Palma’s keynote (must create Cisco Live account to view) examining the security challenges brought about by the Internet of Everything. Chief architect Martin Roesch also led a session exploring threat-centric security, examining the modern threat landscape, and how threat-centric security increases the effectiveness of threat prevention.

From a product perspective, momentum continued as we announced major updates and new products during Cisco Live! to help our customers address their security needs across the attack continuum with protection from the network to the data center to the endpoint to the cloud.

AMP Everywhere, Extended

We further expanded capabilities for Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) for Networks and Endpoints. This ensures our leadership in delivering the market’s most comprehensive, continuous and pervasive approach to combating zero-day attacks and advanced persistent threats (APTs) from the network to the endpoint.

See our blog post from our chief architect, Martin Roesch, laying out details for AMP Everywhere, including our intent to acquire ThreatGRID. This acquisition will enhance our Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) portfolio, allowing customers to even better defend against advanced cyber attacks and malware outbreaks with ThreatGRID’s dynamic malware analysis and threat intelligence.

Control without Compromise from the Data Center to the Cloud

Data centers remain a prized target for attackers and have high requirements for both security and performance. This past week we introduced new data center security solutions designed specifically to enable seamless migration from traditional to next-gen data centers, now consisting of physical, virtual, and cloud elements. These solutions provide critical security without compromising on functionality customers demand in today’s data center.

Read more on how we provide control without compromise in our post on advanced ASA Security for Data Centers.

All in all, Cisco Live! feedback was extremely positive and we can deem the event a resounding success. And this is just a beginning as we to intend to continue delivering our vision of intelligent cybersecurity for the real world with much more to come going forward. If you attended, what stood out to you? Is there anything you would like to see added or updated? Let us know!


Marc Solomon

VP, Security Marketing