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Cisco Introduces 'Context Aware' Security Architecture, Leveraging Client Telemetry

Cisco Systems has unveiled its distributed SecureX architecture, which enables "context aware" security enforcement regardless of infrastructure environment. A key element is inclusion of client information through Cisco's TrustSec technologies, which enable the transport and reading of context about user, device identity and role, to create and enforce granular policy. The announcement is being made at the RSA Conference.

Cisco announced that the new context-aware capabilities for the Cisco Adaptive Security Applicance (ASA) combine context from TrustSec, AnyConnect and SIO. Coupled with broad application intelligence, enterprises will be able to formulate and enforce policy based on context elements such as user identity, organization, an application that they are trying to connect to, the device they are using, whether it is managed or personal and location.

Client telemetry from AnyConnect and legacy VPNs will enormously expand the information base of SIO, which uses reputation data, global threat assessment and analysis to Cisco security products. The inclusion of client information will add some 150 million sources to the 700,000 network and security appliances feeding the service, enhancing the visibility and actionable threat intelligence SIO can provide.

"It's a pivot point for SIO," says Ambika Gadre, senior director, Cisco Security Technology Business Unit.

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