The industry has made managing security too complex – from how you respond to alerts siloed across too many product consoles to renewing licenses that expire at different times across too many security vendors. Here’s a small sampling of recent surveys that validate this…
This complexity in how we buy and use security has reduced our overall effectiveness and efficiency to counter attacks and stay compliant. Cisco is addressing the dual problem head on.
While other portfolio vendors have enterprise agreements or security platforms, what each offers pale in comparison to Cisco. Let’s highlight three huge differentiators that enable the Cisco Secure portfolio to be the simplest to buy and use – ultimately, helping you over time to consolidate security vendors without compromising security efficacy or causing vendor lock-in.
Differentiation #1: predictable billing with price protection
All enterprise agreements offer you a discount when you buy more products, including Cisco, to help your budgets go further. Yet even more valuable is protecting the price you were quoted to ensure predictable billing. That’s why Cisco builds in 20% annual growth with true forward terms. What this means is that if you buy 100 licenses on Sept 2020, and by Mar 2021 (six months later) you’re using 115 licenses, your annual payment in Sept 2021 stays the same. Let’s say you increased to 150 licenses by June 2021 — then, your annual payment in Sept 2021 is for 130 licenses (20 licenses were part of your allowed growth). Most importantly, Cisco doesn’t retroactively charge you for the last 3 months going over your built-in annual growth — that’s Cisco True Forward!
There are many other licensing headaches we eliminate: from enabling you to manage a single coterminous agreement in one portal to 0% financing with Cisco Capital. Not only does this agreement cover all security licenses and includes 24×7 support with 1-hour response, but it also can extend to your enterprise networking, data center, and collaboration licenses for even more simplicity.
Differentiation #2: contextual awareness in one location
Most security platforms offer you a dashboard, including Cisco, to enable each user to customize which ROI metrics and operational measures they want to see in one view. Yet what happens when you’re not looking at the platform’s dashboard? That’s why Cisco designed SecureX to be a built-in platform experience. One way we achieved this is by coding a consistent interface — called the SecureX ribbon — at the bottom of each of our products’ consoles.
For example, the ribbon integrates a real-time forensics query feature that is available with our endpoint security product.
There are many other visibility headaches we eliminate: from aggregating and correlating local context and global intelligence in one view with SecureX threat response to connecting with your infrastructure, including third-party security, with built-in, pre-packaged and custom SecureX integrations.
You may be wondering: How do I add SecureX to an enterprise agreement?
The answer is that you don’t need to because all Cisco Secure customers are already entitled to SecureX and it is included with your existing product licenses. You can start small using SecureX with even a single product and grow as your needs dictate.
Differentiation #3: Every product license includes XDR capabilities and beyond
The irony in the security industry is that vendors offer you a “platform” as yet another separate product, such as SOAR or XDR (Extended Detection & Response as defined by Gartner). Nearly all such products require yet another license, and some require additional Data Lake or EDR (Endpoint Detection & Response) product licenses to get started. Many require you to deploy software or build integrations and normalize data yourself with APIs. This doesn’t help CISOs simplify their security, it just adds more pain to license and learn how to operationalize yet another technology.
Cisco believes that XDR capabilities and beyond are a fundamental right with every Cisco Secure product, so you can achieve the security outcomes you were promised. Additionally, SecureX is cloud-native, so you can begin to realize benefits in as little as 15 minutes.
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