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Cisco Makes Economic Case for Cybersecurity

SMBs Cybersecurity Risk, Their Opportunity
by Paul Barbosa

Cisco Systems this week is making generally available Cisco SecureX, a free management console through which cybersecurity teams can manage the entire Cisco cybersecurity portfolio, including a suite of Cisco Secure Remote Worker software for establishing virtual private networks (VPN).

Exacerbating that challenge further is the fact that in the current economic climate many organizations are being tasked to reduce the total cost of IT, which includes security. Cisco is addressing that requirement by increasingly embedding cybersecurity functions such as multifactor authentication within networking and server infrastructure, said Maynard. That approach, which Cisco has also extended to cloud services such as Microsoft Office 365, enables IT organizations to converge security and IT infrastructure management in a way that drives down costs, he noted.

Cisco SecureX advances that goal further by enabling IT organizations to monitor cybersecurity events via a centralized security operations center (SOC), Maynard said. In addition, he noted Cisco provides access to threat intelligence via its Talos service that feeds directly into Cisco Secure X.

Via Cisco Secure X, a cybersecurity team can then employ all the capabilities provided by Cisco to isolate endpoints, which Maynard said also serves to eliminate the need for dedicated endpoint detection and response (EDR) tools.

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