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What is an Enterprise-class Cybersecurity Vendor?

Posted: August 17, 2017   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Information Security, IBM, Cybersecurity, Cisco, McAfee, Symantec, CISO, NIST, ISSA

Question-mark.jpgOn Monday of this week, I posted a blog about enterprise-class cybersecurity vendors. Which vendors are considered enterprise-class? According to recent ESG research, Cisco, IBM, Symantec, and McAfee top the list. 

This blog addressed the “who” question but not the “what.” In other words, just what is an enterprise-class cybersecurity vendor anyway? As part of its research survey, ESG asked 176 cybersecurity and IT professionals to identify the most important characteristics of an enterprise-class cybersecurity vendor. The data reveals that:

  • 35% of survey respondents say the most important attribute for an enterprise-class cybersecurity vendor is cybersecurity expertise specific to their organization’s industry. In other words, enterprise-class cybersecurity vendors need more than horizontal security solutions, they need to understand explicit industry business processes, regulations, organizational dynamics, global footprints, etc.
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Cybersec Pros Choose Their Top Enterprise-class Cybersecurity Vendors

Posted: August 14, 2017   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: IBM, Cybersecurity, Cisco, McAfee, Enterprise, Symantec, CISO

checklist.jpgBased upon lots of ESG research, some enterprise cybersecurity technology trends are emerging:

  1. Large enterprises are actively consolidating the number of vendors they do business with. This puts some of the point tools vendors at risk as CISOs sign up for enterprise licensing agreements and try to maximize ROI by using more tools from a few select vendors.
  2. Enterprises are seeking to integrate point tools into a cohesive technology architecture. Like ESG’s security operations and analytics platform architecture (SOAPA) concept, large organizations are actively integrating tools to bolster technology interoperability, improve security efficacy, and streamline security operations.
  3. All organizations need help. Yes, companies are still buying new security tools, but these new products are often accompanied by professional services. Additionally, many CISOs are now looking at cybersecurity through a portfolio management lens and figuring out which areas to outsource to MSSPs and SaaS providers.
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Cisco Ramps Up Security With Intent-based Networking

Posted: July 07, 2017   /   By: Dan Conde   /   Tags: Cisco, Networking, SDN, Intent-based networkng

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Encrypted Traffic Analytics and SD-Access integrate security into the enterprise network.

Security is a big part of Cisco's new intent-based networking strategy. The key security pieces are Encrypted Traffic Analytics and Software-Defined Access. The details of hardware support such as the Catalyst 9000 switches aren't as important as how the new architecture provides a new way for enterprises to approach security by integrating it into the network.

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CiscoLive and Cybersecurity

Posted: July 05, 2017   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Cybersecurity, Cisco, CiscoLive, CISO

enterprise_cybersecurity.jpgI spent a few days at CiscoLive, Cisco’s annual user conference, last week in steamy Las Vegas. As a cybersecurity professional, I really filtered out a lot of other content to focus on all things infosec. Here are my observations:

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Cisco Intent-Based Networking Brings SDN to the Enterprise

Posted: July 03, 2017   /   By: Dan Conde   /   Tags: Cisco, Networking, SDN

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Automation platform promises to make software-defined networking a reality for campus networks.

At Cisco Live, networking pros heard a lot about Cisco's new intent-based networking strategy and technologies. On the surface, the technologies look like an evolution of Cisco's existing enterprise network products. Intent-based networking was actually available with Cisco's ACI platform, Digital Network Architecture (DNA). It was announced in March 2016, and the Catalyst 9000 family of switches is a version of the venerable switch. New technologies include software-defined access and encrypted traffic analytics.

However, we need to focus on the bigger picture rather than the individual products. Altogether, they're actually a long-awaited realization of software-defined networking branching out beyond the data center and finding its way into the enterprise.

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What I Expect at Cisco Live 2017 - Grand Strategy Coming Together

Posted: June 23, 2017   /   By: Dan Conde   /   Tags: Cisco, Networking, Cisco Live

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Cisco Live in 2017 may prove to show to customers and analysts an interesting set of strategic shifts at Cisco. Rather than a set of product announcements, I am looking for strategic directions.

We may see how Cisco’s wide range of assets, from traditional enterprise networking through security and analytics, are coming together to create a holistic infrastructure. This includes Cisco's intent to acquire VIptela to extend its branch office and SD-WAN offerings and portfolio.

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Cisco Buys AppDynamics to Strengthen Cloud Software Portfolio

Posted: January 26, 2017   /   By: Edwin Yuen   /   Tags: Cisco, AppDynamics, APM, Systems Management, cloud software, application performance monitoring

cloud_button.jpgCisco just announced their intent to acquire AppDynamics. AppDynamics is one of the leaders in the application performance monitoring (APM) space. Why is APM so important? Cloud.

Now it may sound marketing to just say "cloud" but the concepts and usage of cloud, as opposed to traditional infrastructure, are why this acquisition is so important. As enterprises shift more into cloud computing, whether it's on-premises or off-premises, they begin to see the true tenet of cloud, that the application is king.

In cloud, the final output of all the work is the application, as that's all the end-user sees. In many cases, especially in public cloud, IT won't have access or visibility into much of the underlying infrastructure and systems that support the application. In fact, as we move towards distributed systems and architectures, they shouldn't care. Thus, monitoring the application, from the end-user experience on back to the infrastructure, is the important cloud management pivot and APM is at the heart of that.

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Cybersecurity Highlights from CiscoLive

Posted: July 14, 2016   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Network Security, Cybersecurity, Cisco

Vegas.jpgCisco is just wrapping up its annual CiscoLive customer event. This year’s proceedings took over Las Vegas, occupying the Bellagio, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, and MGM Grand hotel. At least for this week, Cisco was bigger in Vegas than Wayne Newton, Steve Wynn, and even Carrot Top.

While digital transformation served as the main theme at CiscoLive, cybersecurity had a strong supporting role throughout the event. For example, of all of the technology and business initiatives at Cisco, CEO Chuck Robbins highlighted cybersecurity in his keynote presentation by bringing the GM of Cisco’s cybersecurity business unit (David Goeckeler) on stage to describe his division’s progress. 

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Cisco, CloudLock and the accelerated pace of CASB market maturation

Posted: June 30, 2016   /   By: Doug Cahill   /   Tags: Cybersecurity, Cisco, CASB, cloudlock

cloud access security brokerThe cloud access security broker (CASB) market is exhibiting all the signs of rapid maturation — active buying motions, channel engagement, enterprise-ready requirements, and consolidation. Makes sense — the strong adoption of cloud apps, including the prevalence of Shadow IT apps, necessitates purpose-built solutions to secure sensitive data headed northbound and prevent threats coming in southbound. That is, the game of catch-up that many IT and security professional are playing to secure cloud apps their organization are already using is driving CASB evaluations and deployments. Enter Cisco into this market vis-a-vis its announced intention to acquire CloudLock. 

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Cloud Sticker Shock? Check out Cisco and CliQr.

Posted: March 11, 2016   /   By: ESG   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Cisco, cliqr

cloud.jpgCisco’s recent acquisition of CliQr for a cool $250M could prove to be one of the best acquisitions this technology behemoth has made in recent years. In CliQr, Cisco gets a proven technology that can help them deliver on their Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) vision.

Already deployed in a number of marquee accounts, CliQr’s offering enables businesses to fluidly move workloads from their on-premises private cloud environments into any public cloud facility, and to do so while maintaining application service levels, ensuring security, adhering to corporate data governance policies and controlling costs.

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