The Cloud is changing how service providers and enterprises deliver services to users and provides new opportunities to drive their business forward. With cloud infrastructure, apps, and services they can proactively respond to market and business needs with greater agility, while reducing costs and complexity.

Yet, for all its benefits, the Cloud is also extending the perimeter and expanding the attack surface. Hackers are increasingly targeting service providers and enterprises with sophisticated attacks that exploit weaknesses in new mobile services, expanded network connections, device proliferation, and unsafe user habits.

Cisco and Ericsson are leveraging their relationship to deliver new NFV and cloud-based security services to enable service providers and enterprises to see more, detect and protect better, and respond faster to cyber-attacks. Service providers can now embrace NFV to increase revenue with new, differentiated value-added managed services that allow their enterprise customers to adopt cloud-based strategies securely. Enterprises can drive forward with NFV with confidence, extending security across the enterprise – including branch offices and remote locations – for consistent protection that’s simpler, automated, and more cost-effective.

The combined service features Cisco’s comprehensive security portfolio for virtualized environments and Ericsson’s recently launched Ericsson Security Manager (ESM).

Cisco and Ericsson have worked together to integrate Cisco’s Security Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) including Cisco Firepower NGFW Virtual (NGFWv), Firepower Management Center Virtual (FMCv), Email Security Virtual Appliance (ESAv), Advanced Malware Protection Virtual (AMPv), Identity Services Engine (ISE), and industry-leading Talos threat intelligence with Ericsson Security Manager. Ericsson Security Manager brings to the market an innovative, multi-vendor, multi-context approach for real-time, contextual security management leveraging its customizable, adaptive policy engine, an enabler of cost-efficient, automated security operations. This combination offers automated security orchestration for cloud operations, enterprises, physical and virtual networks, and digital support solutions.

This new integration helps to speed delivery of NFV and Managed Security services with pre-tested and out-of-box interoperability of Cisco Security VNFs with Ericsson Security Manager for simplified configuration and integrated logging, reporting, and single-pane-of-glass management.

Cisco and Ericsson will promote the joint interoperability for NFV and Managed Security at Mobile World Congress 2017.

Please stop by the Cisco Booth located at #3E30 in Hall 3 at the Fira Gran Via Convention Center to learn more and see a demonstration of Cisco Security VNFs together with Ericsson Security Manager in action.


Sam Rastogi

Senior Product & Solutions Marketing Manager