Cisco: Net­work vis­i­bil­ity re­mains key to safe dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

Cisco an­nounced its Plat­inum spon­sor­ship of the RSA Con­fer­ence 2016 (RSA 2016)to be held in Abu Dhabi at the Emi­rates Palace Ho­tel from Novem­ber 15 - 16, 2016. With ever-ex­pand­ing con­nec­tiv­ity, dig­i­ti­za­tion and the In­ter­net of Things (IoT) trans­form­ing the world, se­cu­rity is foun­da­tional to seiz­ing these emerg­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Cisco will use RSA 2016 to ad­dress the evolv­ing role of se­cu­rity in dig­i­tal en­vi­ron­ments and dis­cuss new ways for en­ter­prises to se­cure them­selves in a dig­i­tal world, in­clud­ing key ar­chi­tec­tural ap­proaches that en­ter­prises can take to pro­tect busi­ness both to­day and en­able it for growth and in­no­va­tion mov­ing for­ward. Scott Man­son, Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Leader for Mid­dle East and Turkey, Cisco will speak on ‘Cy­ber­se­cu­rity in the Dig­i­tal Econ­omy’ on Novem­ber 16, 2016 at 10.15 am.

Cisco es­ti­mates that cy­ber­se­cu­rity will drive $7.6 tril­lion of dig­i­tal value over the next decade. More than three-quar­ters of this amount - $5.8 tril­lion - will re­sult from cy­ber­se­cu­rity’s en­able­ment of dig­i­tal use cases that in­sti­gate in­no­va­tion and growth. As much as dig­i­ti­za­tion and the In­ter­net of Things (IoT) pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties to busi­nesses, con­sumers and cit­i­zens, they also cre­ate greater op­por­tu­ni­ties for at­tack­ers as mod­ern net­works and their com­po­nents con­stantly evolve and spawn new at­tack vec­tors.

“To­day, dig­i­tal has evolved to be the cen­tral theme across in­dus­tries and busi­nesses can no longer af­ford to re­main ig­no­rant of the shifts hap­pen­ing around, es­pe­cially be­cause ev­ery­one - prospects, cus­tomers, and part­ners are strongly em­brac­ing dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies. Due to the rapid adop­tion of mo­bile de­vices, ever-in­creas­ing thrust for col­lab­o­ra­tion, pro­lif­er­a­tion of cloud-based ser­vices and in­creas­ing com­pe­ti­tion, com­pa­nies are push­ing the thresh­old to drive ef­fi­ciency through tech­nol­ogy. Busi­nesses to­day re­al­ize that dig­i­tal is the plat­form to lever­age in or­der to gain suc­cess in a rapidly chang­ing eco­nomic sce­nario. By 2020, 75 per­cent of all en­ter­prises are ex­pected to be­come fully dig­i­tal,” said Scott Man­son, Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Leader for Mid­dle East and Turkey, Cisco

“Ac­cord­ing to the re­cent 2016 Cisco Midyear Cy­ber­se­cu­rity Re­port, it be­comes clear that at­tack­ers are us­ing ap­pli­ca­tions that users in­her­ently trust or view as be­nign, fur­ther cit­ing that no mat­ter how many ad­vances the se­cu­rity in­dus­try makes, crim­i­nals will con­tinue to evolve their ap­proaches to break through de­fenses. To be ef­fec­tive, solutions must work to­wards pro­vid­ing su­pe­rior vis­i­bil­ity, con­tin­u­ous con­trol, and ad­vanced threat pro­tec­tion across the ex­tended net­work and the en­tire at­tack con­tin­uum. Threats may be lurk­ing in places that are not very ob­vi­ous. There­fore, or­ga­ni­za­tions need to be more cau­tious than ever and in­vest in solutions that take a holis­tic ap­proach to se­cu­rity,” con­cluded Man­son.

At RSA 2016, Cisco will demon­strate how an in­te­grated threat de­fense ar­chi­tec­ture can help busi­nesses see 100% of their ex­tended net­works and de­fend it faster. Cisco makes se­cu­rity ef­fec­tive by mak­ing it sim­ple, open and au­to­mated, of­fer­ing in­tel­li­gence-led se­cu­rity in or­der to re­duce time to de­tec­tion and time to res­o­lu­tion via Ta­los, which has es­sen­tially the biggest se­cu­rity re­search team fo­cused on threat in­tel­li­gence, glob­ally. In­tel­li­gence must be shared and span the ex­tended net­work and new, con­nected de­vices - em­pow­er­ing se­cu­rity tech­nolo­gies and se­cu­rity ser­vices teams with in­tel­li­gence that is ac­tion­able and spe­cific to the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

At the RSA 2016 event, Scott Man­son, Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Leader for Mid­dle East and Turkey, Cisco, will ad­dress is­sues re­lated to dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion and why se­cu­rity needs to be as per­va­sive as the IoT it­self, re­quir­ing a new ar­chi­tec­tural ap­proach and ac­tive en­gage­ment at the highest lev­els within or­ga­ni­za­tions. Cisco se­cu­rity spe­cial­ists will be avail­able at Stand 11 to share their global ex­pe­ri­ences and suc­cess sto­ries.

Scott Man­son

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