Cisco Secure: Major Security Announcements

Cisco peppered the industry with a number of announcements. The SecureX platform will be globally available, they are launching a new secure cloud email solution, they are hiring a new GM for their Security and Applications business, and the entire security solution set will move under Cisco Secure.

Jeetu Patel joins Cisco

Industry vet Jeetu Patel who served a number of C-level roles for organizations including Box, Syncplicity (EMC), and Doculabs will join Cisco in August to take over their newly-formed Security and applications business group. Cisco CEO and Chairman Chuck Robbins was quoted, “At Cisco, we share a common purpose – to power an inclusive future for all. While this incorporates various facets of business and society, we know that technology is at the center of this.  Over the past few months, it is clear that our collaboration, security and applications are core to building a secure, remote workforce. These businesses play a key part in keeping our customers connected, productive and secure. Under Jeetu’s leadership, we will continue to drive even greater innovation around modern application development, security and the employee and customer experience.”

It’s interesting and exciting to see Cisco quickly pivot their portfolio into the Security and Applications structure. We suspect this isn’t the only change coming to the Cisco leadership team in the near future.

All security products are now under Cisco Secure

Cisco formally rebranded their security products and services under one unified umbrella – Cisco Secure. We’ve talked about Cisco’s aggressive acquisition strategies in the past. These acquisitions include OpenDNS (Cisco Umbrella), Duo Security (zero-trust) and more have been integrated into the portfolio as a la carte solutions. Their goal is to unify all their security offerings under one umbrella (no pun intended) to better help their customers understand the security product suite. Reed stated that they wanted to “…simplify and make it easier for our customers and partners to identify what this product is and what value it provides.”

The move is smart. A common complaint is that the consolidation of these services is creating market confusion and lack of clarity in terms of available feature sets, especially when these acquisitions have product and feature overlap (look at GTT).

SecureX

In February, Cisco announced SecureX to simplify security through their Cloud-Native Platform. The goal is to provide visibility across their portfolio through analytics and automation. Straight from the announcement they summarize these features:

  • Unifies visibility across customers’ security portfolio in one simple, easy-to-use cloud-native platform, including detection of unknown threats and policy violations via security analytics for more informed actions.
  • Automates common security workflows, including threat investigation and remediation, for more efficient and precise operations.
  • Delivers a new managed threat hunting capability that brings the strength of threat intelligence from Cisco Talos.

They’ve formally launched SecureX with more capabilities and at a global scale. SecureX launches with ~500 Connectors into various products and applications both internal and external. These include their proprietary tools AppDynamics, ACI (SDN) as well as 3rd party solutions like Ansible, AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform, ServiceNow, and many more.