Cisco’s platform breaks down the silos between cybersecurity teams and systems, allowing seamless collaboration between IT and OT personnel to protect industrial operations against cyber threats (Press Release)

Based on its recent analysis of the global industrial control systems (ICS) cybersecurity market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Cisco Systems, Inc. with the 2020 Global Enabling Technology Leadership Award for its Cyber Vision platform. The solution offers both information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) teams a comprehensive view of their IoT/OT security posture, so that they can work together in leveraging existing IT security tools and expertise to protect industrial operations against cyber threats.

With Cyber Vision, Cisco offers a holistic approach to help industrial organizations and critical infrastructures protect operations against cyber threats. Cyber Vision extends the capabilities of Cisco’s IT security platforms to the OT space by providing full visibility into what is connected, detecting intrusions and abnormal behaviors,” said Samir Sakpal, Consulting Director at Frost & Sullivan. “The platform helps ensure process integrity, drive regulatory compliance and enforce security policies through seamless integration with the IT SOC and easy deployment within the industrial network.

Cisco can uniquely run this Cyber Vision feature within network switches, routers, and gateways, which makes the overall solution simpler to deploy and dramatically reduces its total cost of ownership because the networking team does not have to deploy, maintain, or manage a fleet of security appliances. Importantly, a networking team does not have to build a separate network to carry the additional traffic created by these appliances to the central analytics platform. Furthermore, the platform offers mechanisms for control engineers to comment on vulnerabilities, anomalies, and events so that IT security experts have context and can act accordingly.

Cisco integrated Cyber Vision into its wide suite of security products, such as Firepower firewalls, Stealthwatch network anomaly detection,Talos threat intelligence and SecureX Threat Response, providing users with a seamless experience when investigating and remediating a threat within an industrial network. Cisco provides Cyber Vision as both a product and as a range of services, such as advisory, implementation, optimization, and support. To help OT customers begin their cybersecurity journey, the company presents a consultative assessment and an in-depth proof of concept.

Cyber Vision goes beyond traditional IoT/OT cybersecurity solutions. It bridges the gap between IT and OT by embedding security features within industrial networks and adding OT context and threat detection to the entire range of Cisco IT security solutions, enabling industrial organizations to build a truly converged IT/OT security strategy,” noted Sakpal. “Overall, the Cyber Vision IoT/OT cybersecurity technology, combined with its experience with industrial network equipment, cybersecurity, and consulting services, positions Cisco to excel in the ICS cybersecurity industry.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to a company that develops a pioneering technology that enhances current products and enables the development of new products and applications. The award recognizes the high market acceptance potential of the recipient’s technology.

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