Cisco has announced three new technologies for its Digital Network Architecture (DNA) solution to enable network engineers, application developers, channel partners, and IT customers to embed improved and simplified security within their network infrastructure layer: Umbrella Branch, Stealthwatch Learning Network License, and Meraki MX Security Appliances with Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) and Threat Grid.
All three are designed to improve mobility and cloud security threats, according to the networking giant.
The first technology, Cisco's Umbrella Branch cloud-delivered security software, provides businesses with increased control over guest Wi-Fi usage via content filtering. It can be activated on the Cisco Integrated Services Routers (ISR) 4,000 series, and works to filter and block malware, command and control (C2) callbacks, and phishing threats before they reach the network.
The company's second new DNA security technology, the distributed machine-learning Cisco Stealthwatch Learning Network, was acquired as part of Cisco's $452 million Lancope purchase.
It utilises what Cisco labels "adaptive security anomaly detection" to allow its ISR 4,000 series to analyse and identify malicious traffic and data on the network device to provide protection against threats.
"Stealthwatch Learning Networks -- this is the ability to simply upgrade software through branch infrastructure," David Goeckeler, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Networking and Security Business, said during the keynote speech by CEO Chuck Robbins at Cisco Live Las Vegas on Monday morning.
"All of your branch routers then work with each other to understand where anomalies are in the network, and search things that shouldn't be there."
Lastly, Cisco Meraki MX Security Appliances with AMP and Threat Grid form an enterprise unified threat-management (UTM) system that enables network administrators to locate, manage, and remediate security threats by combining Meraki cloud management with Cisco's threat-protection software. The solution works through an automated cloud-based system for checking files against cloud databases to locate and block malicious content...