Security

February 12, 2014

SECURITY

Summary: Tackling Mobile Security Risks for Government

As mobility becomes more pervasive, these concepts of cyber crime have become engrained in our work/life culture. These issues have earned national news headlines as governments across the globe...

February 11, 2014

SECURITY

Dynamic Detection of Malicious DDNS

  This post was co-authored by Andrew Tsonchev. Two weeks ago we briefly discussed the role of dynamic DNS (DDNS) in a Fiesta exploit pack campaign. Today we further analyze and explore the role of DDNS in the context of cyber attack proliferation and present the case for adding an operational play to the incident response and/or threat intelligence […]

February 5, 2014

SECURITY

Can You Guess Your ROI on Your Secure Access?

Cisco commissioned Forrester Consulting to examine the business value and potential return on investment (ROI) enterprises may realize by implementing Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)—a leading secure access solution. This is available in the recently published Forrester TEI (Total Economic Impact) Research. Four customers were interviewed for this study and covered use cases for policy-governed, unified access across the following use case scenarios: guest services; BYOD; full access across wired, wireless, and VPN; and policy networking. The calculation was based on a composite organization of 10,000 employees that reflected the four interviewed customers from higher education, utilities, and financial services markets.

February 3, 2014

SECURITY

Taking Complexity Out of Network Security – Simplifying Firewall Rules with TrustSec

Bruce Schneier, the security technologist and author famously said, “Complexity is the worst enemy of security.” We have been working with some customers who agree strongly with this sentiment because they have been struggling with increasing complexity in their access control lists and firewall rules. Typical indicators of operational complexity have been: The time that […]

January 31, 2014

SECURITY

Beyond Data Security…Five Biggest Risks of Shadow Cloud IT Services

About two years ago, I went into a customer workshop on private cloud. As we were introducing ourselves around the table, the CIO turned to me with a pained expression and said, “Bob I have a different problem. My CFO and CEO just asked me if I knew how many of our users were accessing […]

January 31, 2014

SECURITY

Attack Attribution and the Internet of Things

On January 16, 2014, Proofpoint discussed a spam attack conducted via “smart devices which have been compromised.” Among the devices cited by Proofpoint as participating in the “Thingbot” were routers, set-top boxes, game consoles, and purportedly, even one refrigerator. Of course, news about a refrigerator sending spam generates considerable media attention, as it should, since […]

January 29, 2014

SECURITY

Protecting the Crown Jewels

Why do so many organizations maintain essentially open, “flat” networks, leaving thousands of users and devices with network-layer reach to their “crown jewels”? Especially in light of what we know with data breaches, theft, and loss? One possibility may be that some organizations simply grew too quickly, and the tools in the tool chest to […]

January 28, 2014

SECURITY

Just Announced at Cisco Live! Milan – Cisco is Opening TrustSec Capabilities to Other Vendors

With encouragement from customers, Cisco has submitted the TrustSec protocol that we use to exchange role and context information between network devices to the IETF. Chris Young, Senior Vice President of Cisco Security, shared the news during his keynote address at Cisco Live! Milan. The Source-group tag eXchange Protocol (SXP) has been submitted to the […]

January 28, 2014

SECURITY

Cisco Annual Security Report Live Broadcast – Recap

Last week, following the release of the 2014 Cisco Annual Security Report, my colleague Levi Gundert and I took questions from you, our partners and customers, about the report and its most interesting findings. This year’s report highlighted a number of new trends and found unprecedented growth of threat alerts, which reached the highest level […]