As the Spring of 2020 gave way to the summer, network professionals around the world were faced with a harsh truth. The grand experiment in remote work which companies around the world were forced into via Covid-19 was not going to be ending anytime soon and will likely radically redefine “normal” work culture forevermore. Remote work is here to stay, if not forever than at least until the dawn of 2021. This “new normal” brings with it a heap of new challenges when it comes to keeping networks defended, as any network professional can relate to the headache which normally accompanied the configuration of a new remote site. Fortunately, Cisco’s newest security offering, Cisco SecureX, was designed from the ground up to meet the very sort of challenges which this “new normal” mandates every security-conscious company meet head-on.
For starters, SecureX was designed from the onset as a unified, cloud-based platform which would provide a singular, intuitive location from which to manage disparate devices. Older security offerings boast about their ability to comprehensively defend against one angle of attack into a system, but SecureX can honestly claim to beat back attacks regardless of whether they’re targeting an endpoint, an application, or even a cloud repository. SecureX unifies other Cisco offerings such as AMP for Endpoints into a single experience designed to streamline the work of network and security the world over as they vigilantly defend their networks against intrusion.
While that might sound like a complex endeavor, the result is anything but. Cisco was not just out to create a unified and powerful platform. They intended to create one which was simple and intuitive at the same time. Time and again one of the most cited difficulties in defending a network environment is the need to constantly hop around between multiple dashboards and vendor sites, all of which might have conflicting policies. SecureX does away with this issue by not only providing one potent, unified dashboard which easily communicates the state of your network, but also a powerful and unified set of policies and automated actions which makes responding to more mundane threats more trivial than ever. No longer does setting up a new remote site involve creating a complicated set of interlocking policies across multiple vendors. SecureX allows all the configuration for a new work site to be done in the same portal, which not only reduces set up time, but also makes it easy to get a wholistic view of a new site’s security portfolio and help avoid any blind spots.
The portal is not the only part of SecureX which streamlines the setup of new sites, however. Cisco has also designed their new security offering to be easily expandable. From now on, new Cisco security devices come with SecureX interoperability enabled out-of-the-box, so expanding your network is just as simple as monitoring it – an especially useful boon in times like these, where agile network infrastructure is at an all-time premium. This interoperability makes setting up a new remote work site faster than ever, without the security issues which a fast setup normally entails.
Interested parties can find more information about Cisco SecureX and how it applies to remote work security here. For some information about other useful Cisco applications which support remote work, check out our overview of video conference systems here.