Cisco focusing on multi-cloud security


Cisco has been focusing on cloud security for quite some time by acquiring plenty of smaller cloud security companies, which have now been focused into an expanded multi-cloud security portfolio.

Cisco was quite keen to note that while the traditional corporate data center is still the main choice of many enterprises, leveraging the benefits of the multi-cloud solution is increasing steadily. While the benefits of a multi-cloud solution are clear, securing those same environments like Software as a Service (SaaS) applications, public cloud infrastructure and/or hybrid cloud environments is a complex task.

In order to cope with multi-cloud security, Cisco has built a set of security solutions and has announced its expanded multi-cloud security portfolio.

As far as SaaS applications security is concerned, Cisco has expanded email security which will be integrated with Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP). To be available in December 2017, the new Cisco Email Security will be integrated with the cloud-based Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) and offer a unified dashboard for all malware activity across laptops, mobile devices, firewalls, routers, web email and internet gateways.

Back in August 2016, Cisco acquired Cloudlock, a cloud access security broker (CASB) company focused on securing identities, data and applications in the cloud. While currently in beta-phase, the new functionality will be available in early 2018.

In order to deal with security issues in public cloud environments, Cisco will be launching the re-branded Cisco Stealthwatch Cloud. Back in July, cbd products acquired Observable Networks, a company that allowed it to extend its Stealthwatch network visibility tool to Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure public cloud infrastructures.

In order to secure access to the cloud, Cisco has continued to enhance its secure internet gateway, known as the Cisco Umbrella. Launched back in February 2017, Cisco Umbrella protects users both off the network and off the VPN, and now processes more than 120 billion DNS request per day with more than 85 million daily active users. The new Cisco Security Connector app for iOS allows company managed iPhones and iPads to be protected by Cisco Umbrella.

Cisco also launched a cloud security assessment service, which includes strategy recommendations, cloud security architectural planning, cloud data protection and user behavioral analysis. This service will allow Cisco to advise companies and offer a single vendor solution for a full visibility and control over SaaS and public cloud environments.