6 Takeaways from the Cisco 2016 Annual Security Report

You can hardly turn on the news anymore without hearing about another cyber security attack. Between the latest viruses, Trojans, ransomware, global hacking incidents and even ATM skimmers in your own city, cybercriminals are becoming more innovative and sophisticated and they’re becoming more personal. Unfortunately, while cyber defense teams are developing new security mechanisms and implementing new solutions to keep up with rapid global digitization and become more cyber resilient, cybercriminals are cultivating new techniques to evade them. It's a never-ending cycle. So how can you help keep your customers safe and withstand unexpected, high impact security events?

The Cisco 2016 Annual Security Report (ASR) analyzes the most compelling trends and issues in cybersecurity from Cisco security experts on the advances made by both the security industry and by the criminals hoping to break through security defenses. In addition, the report offers six tenets of integrated threat defense to help security providers like you to better understand the intent and potential benefits of a “detection and response” framework that will make possible a faster response to both known and emerging threats.

  1. A richer network and security architecture is required to address the growing volume and sophistication of threat actors.
  2. Best-in-class technology alone cannot deal with the current – or future – threat landscape; it just adds to the complexity of the networked environment.
  3. Increased encrypted traffic will require an integrated threat defense that can converge on encrypted malicious activity that renders particular point products ineffective.
  4. Open APIs are crucial to an integrated threat defense architecture; multivendor environments need a common platform that provides greater visibility, context and control.
  5. An integrated threat defense architecture requires less hardware and software to install and manage; security vendors should strive to offer solutions that are as feature-rich as possible on one platform to reduce the complexity and fragmentation in the security environment.
  6. The automation and coordination aspects of integrated threat defense help to minimize time to detection (TTD), containment and remediation.

Download the Cisco 2016 ASR to learn how to assess security preparedness in your customer’s organizations and gain insights into where to strengthen their defenses. Or, visit Cisco Digital Innovation Together and see how Cisco’s strategy and the only end-to-end security portfolio will help you differentiate and grow profits.

Additional Cisco Security Resources:

The Next Wave of Internet Threats is Here

Threat-Centric Security for Service Providers and Data Center

Identify New Security Gaps and Close Them