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Zero Trust and XDR Strategies

As organizations returned to the office and settled into a hybrid work model, these same teams struggled to protect their perimeter with their increasingly vulnerable architecture and boundaries that once existed to secure access to corporate data no longer exist. Businesses now operate as integrated ecosystems. But as data breaches rise, and as organizations move their business functions to the cloud to support the work-from-anywhere workforce, a zero-trust model is more critical than ever. These connections expand the attack surface area, increasing risk and complexity, and make it more difficult to recover from attacks.

Zero trust can increase business resilience. While zero trust may seem like just another marketing buzzword, the truth is that moving towards a zero trust architecture can secure the entire organization, elevate business performance, and accelerate threat response.

Building Your Enterprise Zero Trust Architecture

CDS offers a Zero Trust solution known as Cisco Zero Trust Security. It is designed to provide enhanced security by adopting a Zero Trust architecture, which assumes that no user or device should be inherently trusted, regardless of their location or network connection.

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Here are some key components and features of Cisco Zero Trust Security:

Cisco's Zero Trust solution incorporates the SASE framework, which combines networking and security functionalities into a unified cloud-native platform. This allows organizations to enforce consistent security policies and access controls across multiple locations and cloud environments.
Cisco Zero Trust Security emphasizes strong authentication and granular access control. It integrates with identity providers, such as Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE), to verify user identities and enforce access policies based on user attributes, device health, and contextual information.
Zero Trust Security involves network segmentation to create micro perimeters that isolate and protect critical assets and sensitive data. Cisco offers solutions like Software-Defined Access (SD-Access) and Cisco TrustSec to implement secure segmentation based on user roles, application requirements, and business policies.
Cisco's Zero Trust solution incorporates advanced threat detection and prevention capabilities. It leverages technologies like Cisco SecureX, Cisco Secure Endpoint (formerly Cisco AMP for Endpoints), and threat intelligence feeds to identify and block malicious activities, including malware, exploits, and insider threats. This helps build Extended threat detection and response capability (XDR) approach .
Zero Trust Security focuses on securing connectivity between users, devices, and applications. Cisco provides secure connectivity solutions such as Cisco AnyConnect VPN, Cisco SD-WAN (Software-Defined WAN), and Cisco Umbrella (DNS-layer security) to ensure encrypted and protected communications across networks.
Cisco Zero Trust Security includes continuous monitoring and analytics capabilities. It enables organizations to gain visibility into network traffic, user behavior, and security events. Cisco's solutions leverage machine learning and behavioral analytics to detect anomalies and identify potential security risks.
Cisco Zero Trust Security emphasizes automation and orchestration to simplify security operations. It enables organizations to automate policy enforcement, streamline incident response, and dynamically adapt security controls based on changing conditions and threats.
Cisco's Zero Trust solution integrates with a wide range of security technologies and third-party solutions. It allows organizations to leverage their existing security investments while ensuring interoperability and consistent policy enforcement.

These are some of the key aspects of Cisco’s Zero Trust Security solution. It is designed to help organizations establish a comprehensive security framework that focuses on continuous verification, strict access controls, and threat prevention.

To help you kickstart your zero-trust journey. We help you understand what your zero-trust future looks like, factoring in the uniqueness of your organization, present capabilities, and environment (campus, data center, off premises, cloud, etc.). With a clear future state in mind.

For detailed information and specific implementation guidance, it is recommended to consult with our CDS Enterprise Services representative to help you accelerate towards Crafting a zero-trust and XDR strategies that increase security resilience and drive better customer outcomes that can secure the entire organization, elevate business performance, and accelerate threat response. 

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