Networking company Cisco has introduced new security and management solutions to its Borderless Networks portfolio.
These are designed to help information technology (IT) departments more efficiently manage the proliferation of mobile devices, changing workforce habits, and the impact of video on the network. Cisco’s Borderless Networks is a comprehensive architecture, which incorporates routing, switching, mobility, security and wide-area network enhancement. The new introduction adds several key products to that portfolio, including the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE), Cisco Prime for Enterprise and Cisco MediaNet and Video Conferencing.
ISE is a centralised policy engine for the Cisco TrustSec solution, which enables organisations to efficiently define and manage security poli- cies across the organisation. Support for ISE has been added to the TrustSec Planning and Design Service, which provides policy review, analysis and design expertise to help customers extend the Borderless Networks TrustSec solution throughout their network.
Cisco Prime for Enterprise enables IT departments to better manage their networks and network services and is built on a servicecentric foundation and a set of common operational attributes. It delivers an intuitive workflow- orientated user experience across Cisco architec- tures, technologies and networks to simplify network management, improve operational efficiency, speed up troubleshooting and increase network services predictability.
Cisco MediaNet and Video Conferencing enhance video delivery by embedding media and network intelligence in endpoints and network elements. Using capabi- lities within the product enables organisations to reduce costs, save time and make better decisions for network and video application planning.
Cisco Borderless Networks central emerging markets sales senior manager Ahmed Etman says the Borderless Networks environment allows employees to access email, the Internet, as well as any information, from any device any- where, anytime. As wireless devices beyond the usual desktop and laptop computers start connecting to corporate networks, the threat window only grows where cyber criminals need to find only a single unguarded ‘in’ to begin snooping into a network. Therefore, businesses must focus on security to help ensure that their networks and vital corporate information are protected from evolving security threats, he says.
The company is delivering networking technology that enables IT to centrally manage and automate security and access control for any device across the organisation, as well as embedded video and voice to support emerging business trends.
The ‘Cisco Connected Technology World Report 2010’ found that the user’s demands to work from anywhere with any device and the use of video to enhance communications are increasing dramatically. Security has been one of the top concerns for IT managers for the past three years. From more sophisticated attacks to end-users still giving access away and new corporate governance responsibilities, the ‘to do’ list is endless.
The report states there are about five connected devices for every person in operation worldwide, but that number will pale into insignificance in 2013, when it is projected that 140 devices per person will be in operation globally. At the same time, security threats will be on a similarly dramatic trajectory, from 2.6-million identified threats last year to 5.7-million in 2013.