Overview of Cisco’s Self Defending Network
Did you know Cisco offers a portfolio of industry-leading network appliances that can be joined to create a dependable, highly secure self-defending network?
Engineers at the company turned to the human immune system to understand how living organisms manage attacks from viruses and bacteria while continuing to function. These critical insights from the field of epidemiology inspired engineers to design network solutions that better monitor and block abuse.
The Five Key Components
The five fundamental components that make up a self-defending network include network security, endpoint security, application security, content security, and security management.
Following Cisco’s self-defense model, the network layer is where we find intrusion prevention (IPS), virtual private networking (VPN) and firewall services.
Cisco offers several enterprise-grade IPS products in its portfolio, from standalone units to software modules. Cisco’s IPS solutions use deep packet inspection to identify, sort and stop malicious traffic.
As far as VPN technology, Cisco has long aimed to upend point-to-point tunnels in favor of distributed encryption that can protect wide-area networks. This forward-thinking approach allows companies to scale VPN protection across hundreds or thousands of locations without sacrificing the quality of service.
Similar to its IPS portfolio, Cisco’s firewall products encompass a wide range of offerings, from dedicated hardware appliances to formidable software-based solutions. For example, the award-winning 5500-X series is a next-generation firewall that provides many of the features and functions required to design self-defending networks such as IPS, VPN, content security and security management solutions. That’s why the 5500-X has become the go-to appliance for security-focused organizations of all shapes and sizes.
Cisco’s endpoint solutions help companies better secure servers and client devices, including laptops, printers, phones and tablets. This self-defense layer focuses on blocking hazards at the point of entry. Next-generation endpoint security relies on cloud and system-based operations to intelligently track potential hazards before they pass through to your network.
Proper endpoint security is an absolute must-have if your employees connect to your network from home or through mobile devices.
Applications are the lifeblood of modern business. This is why Cisco offers application-edge solutions that help secure, analyze and manage all of your essential apps, whether running in public cloud environments or on-prem. Cisco’s extraordinary detailed application insights help your network administrators and developers make intelligent security decisions about app design and deployment.
Content security is about policing the type of content allowed on the network and who can access it. These systems protect network clients from connecting to undesirable websites and downloading malicious software, while compelling adherence to best network safety practices.
Cisco’s security management toolkit coalesces the features and capabilities of the abovementioned solutions into an intuitive platform. Through its security management technology suite, Cisco aims to provide a system that centralizes network administration tasks, even for systems that incorporate non-Cisco devices.
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