In today’s security climate, NetOps and SecOps teams are witnessing increased attack surface area as applications and workloads move far beyond the boundaries of their data center. These applications/workloads move to, and reside in, multicloud architecture, adding complexity to connectivity, visibility, and control. In the multicloud world, the SecOps teams use a distributed security model that is expensive, difficult to deploy, and complex to manage.
Cisco has partnered with Alkira to help secure your multi-cloud environment. Combining Alkira’s simplified cloud connection through their cloud network-as-a-service platform (SaaS-like model) with Cisco’s industry-leading security controls, we can deliver a centralized security model for multicloud architecture that is easy to deploy, manage, and increases visibility and control.
Cisco Secure Firewall Threat Defense provides unmatched security controls such as stateful firewalling, Snort3 IPS, URL filtering, malware defense, application visibility and control, and more. Additionally, with the purchase of Secure Firewall Threat Defense, you will receive license entitlement to Cisco SecureX, our open XDR and orchestration platform, helping you accelerate threat detection, investigation, and remediation.
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (FMC) is required for managing Cisco Secure Firewall Threat Defense, helping administrators enforce consistent access policies, rapidly troubleshoot security events, and view summarized reports across the deployment.
Cisco Secure Firewall Threat Defense 7.1 will be available on Alkira’s service marketplace early 2022. Once it is available, customers can deploy and insert Cisco Secure Firewall Threat Defense seamlessly in their Alkira Cloud Exchange Points (CXP).
Benefits of this integrated architecture include:
Figure 1 shows a multicloud environment inter-connected using Alkira’s cloud exchange platform (CXP). In the above architecture, Cisco provides seamless insertion of security controls and enables the following use-cases for firewall insertion:
Cisco Secure Firewall Threat Defense will be available in Alkira early 2022 as a “Bring-Your-Own-License (BYOL)” licensing option. Cisco Smart licensing provides an easy way to manage and license Cisco firewalls.
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