Cisco bolsters security services with triple cloud channel play
- 19 February, 2018 05:15
Cisco has unveiled three new cloud-based endpoint solutions designed to improve protection levels of businesses across Australia and New Zealand, delivered through managed security service providers (MSSP).
Under the banner of Cisco AMP for Endpoints, Cisco Umbrella and Meraki Systems Manager, the offerings aim to target advanced malware and threats in organisations outsourcing security expertise.
From a channel perspective, the tech giant said the triple cloud play offers MSSPs “comprehensive security, visibility, and control” of customer endpoints without added hardware or complexity.
“At a time when customers are moving to the cloud and struggling with requirements to improve operational efficiency, we’re partnering with MSSPs to ensure they can deliver comprehensive solutions with security, visibility and endpoint control,” Cisco senior vice president of security, Gee Rittenhouse, said.
“Through flexible licensing models and an expanding portfolio, we address customer needs and the needs of our MSSPs to differentiate and grow their businesses.”
According to Rittenhouse, security departments acknowledged that endpoints are being targeted more frequently, but lack the internal expertise, tools and budget to address such challenges.
“Organisations of all sizes are choosing to augment their in-house IT security with managed security services,” Rittenhouse added.
Citing US-based research, Rittenhouse said nearly half of SMBs and enterprises are currently outsourcing at least one aspect of security to third parties.
“MSSPs today are helping customers protect their network from advanced threats, reduce expense on detecting and mitigating threats, and, augment talent amidst a cyber security skills shortage,” Rittenhouse added.
“When MSSPs partner with the right vendor, security services can become a profitable way to differentiate their organisation from the competition and strengthen existing customer relationships.”
Specific to technology, the AMP for Endpoints prevents breaches and blocks malware at the point of entry, before analysing and recording file activity, regardless of the file’s disposition.
Meanwhile, Cisco Umbrella blocks requests to malicious or unwanted destinations before a connection is created, providing visibility across multiple devices and networks.
In addition, Meraki Systems Manager provides over-the-air centralised management, diagnostics, and monitoring for all mobile devices managed by organisations, including iPads and Androids to Macs and PCs.