How Cisco Security Is Ready for the Internet of Things
It all started with smartphones. Now we have smart homes, smart cars, even smart toilets. But a large part of what makes things ‘smart’ these days is connectivity. The Internet of Things, or IoT, has long been heralded as the culmination of our super-connected world, where devices of all sorts communicate and interact with each other making our lives easier. But with connectivity comes risk, namely, security. And that’s why Cisco security is trying to be the go-to when it comes to keeping your device hack-free.
A Brave New World for Hack Security
There’s been no better time to be in the online protection services than today. Just last week, more than 300,000 computers were infected by a ransomware attack that spread to over 150 countries across the world, stealing people’s data and ransoming it back to them.
This type of attack is one of the more brazen of its kind, and certainly one of the most ambitious, but it’s definitely not going to be the last.
And to make matters worse, it wasn’t as if some crack-team of ace cybersecurity workers were able to slow the virus down — in fact, it was done accidentally by a 22-year-old techie who registered a domain name that affected the code of the virus and, therefore, slowed it down.
The lesson being that your best defence is, well, a stronger defence because once your security has been breached we’ve all seen the results.
Even the U.S. presidential election was not immune to hacking as hordes of leaked emails flooded the Internet.
Which is why Cisco Security wants to be the industry leader when it comes to protecting our net of connected devices, but by doing it in a very novel way: treating connectivity as a way to bolster cybersecurity, not as a liability.
The Cisco Security Approach
Cisco Security identifies a number of issues in the cyber protection field that it believes can be solved by increased connectivity, especially through the cloud.
“The cloud is our secret weapon,” David Ulevitch, Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s security business group, told Computer Dealer News.
“I think about the cloud as this incredible giant state machine for security that we can tie into everything.”
The two major issues that Ulevitch explains will be countered by using the cloud for security are the overabundance of security firms that a company employs, and what he terms as ‘artificial stupidity.’
He first lamented that some companies have as many as 50 different security vendors in their environment and that too-large-supply can actually hinder security rather than aid it. By contrast, he compared that to how most companies won’t even use Dropbox and OneDrive together. The decentralization makes providing full-range security difficult.
The next is artificial stupidity, which he believes is caused by the rigidity of the protocols of security measures that would overreact to something like a c-level executive leaving their tablet at home.
In both instances, Cisco Umbrella, one of the newest security offerings form the company, promises to use the power and connectivity of the cloud to make these issues problems of the past.
The cloud accounts for the expanding net of employees and end-users who have sensitive data on apps across many platforms, from smartphones to laptops to tablets. And considering more companies are moving towards a ‘work from anywhere’ model, these employees also need to be covered whether they’re on a highly secure network at the office or a Starbucks Wi-Fi.
Ulevitch goes on to explain that the complications caused by the aforementioned scenarios will push businesses towards buying security as a managed service, versus security products themselves.
And he believes that Cisco will be on the forefront of that new implementation of cybersecurity.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to interconnectivity and how Cisco Security is using it to keep devices safe. Check out Part 2 for further insights on cloud security and how Cisco is approaching this critical issue facing businesses.
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