How Cisco can help manage your threat defence

Malware

by Duncan MacRae| 30 April 2014

New solution helps defend against known intrusions, protect from unknown attacks and guard against advanced persistent threats.

In today's world of cloud, mobile, social and the Internet of Everything, customers face new security challenges as they work to protect their most important asset - data

Cisco has launched Managed Threat Defense, a managed security solution that applies real-time, predictive analytics to detect attacks and protect against advanced malware across customers' extended networks.

According to the Cisco Annual Security Report, in a sample of 30 of the world's largest multinational company networks all shared the fact their organization had traffic going to web-sites that host malware. As cyber threats become more sophisticated, it is increasingly difficult to address them in real-time.

In many cases, years pass before organizations are aware their networks have been breached. To compound this issue, finding the right talent to effectively staff security operations can be a challenge. Cisco estimates this year there will be a global shortage of more than one million security professionals. Leveraging external security experts helps reduce cost and provides an opportunity for internal resources to focus on other business priorities.
Managed Threat Defense is an on-premises solution, comprised of hardware, software, and analytics designed to monitor, capture, and analyse threats. Cisco's worldwide network of expert-staffed security operations centres (SOCs) monitor the service and provide incident response analysis, escalation, and remediation recommendations.

Additionally, Managed Threat Defense aims to do the following:

- Protect against unknown attacks, not seen by anti-virus, by capturing real-time streaming telemetry.

- Leverage Hadoop 2.0 to apply predictive analytics to detect anomalous patterns against each customer's unique network profile and determine suspicious behaviour.

- Identify known attacks and vulnerabilities using pattern analysis and investigation against both Cisco-proprietary and community threat intelligence data.

- Provide incident tracking and reporting via a subscription-based business model. This approach can lower operational costs and utilises Cisco's continued investment in security technology, processes, and talent.

- Include innovative Cisco security technology such as Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) to detect malware and eliminate unnecessary alerts, Sourcefire FirePOWER for threat detection, and Cisco Cloud Web Security for email and web filtering.

Bryan Palma, SVP Cisco Security Solutions, said: "As data continues to move to the cloud, more people are accessing data via mobile devices, in addition to sharing data through social channels. Consequently, security has become our customers' number one concern. Managed Threat Defense lessens the worry associated with protecting against a breach and allows Cisco and its partners to add value where customers need it most."

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