If you’re like me, you’re trying to pack too much “stuff” into your day. From following the news, to now home-schooling the kids, never-ending laundry… and somehow trying to set a good example for work-life balance, there are simply not enough hours in the day. I wake up and look at my calendar and I’m exhausted before it’s 9am. I don’t think I’m alone.
The field of cybersecurity is growing so fast. There is always another threat to chase. More remote workers to secure. An alert to track down. Another attack to remediate. Another report to publish or presentation to give. We have to find talent, cut costs, and beat last quarter’s goals, all while living our best life, or at least trying to!
We’re security professionals, not magicians, so putting more time back into the day is a dream, not a goal. But by adopting tools that can help us be more efficient, effective and integrated in our approach to detecting and blocking threats in 2020, it can be your reality.
If you’re like many organizations, you’re likely struggling to find skilled resources to help you respond faster and more effectively to threats. But with as many as 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs unfilled by 2021 (hello college students – have you picked a major yet?) We think it’s time to stop firefighting and take back control of our security programs.
Let’s get back to basics and prioritize
There has to be a better, simpler way. And I think the answer is getting back to basics. Yes, attacks come from all angles… but in 2020, it’s no surprise that the majority of infections happen in 3 ways. The #1 vector for attacks is email, the #1 target for attacks is the endpoint, and the #1 source of most attacks is the Internet.
If we decide to stop working in silos and see how we can identify and stop threats together across these three threat vectors, think of how effective we could be! Imagine if you could identify something on the endpoint, and share that information with both your email AND your web security. Maybe you’re ahead of the game and you’re doing that today… but it’s probably a manual process (if it happens at all). Let’s get automated!
Simplify with automation
At Cisco we’re using the power of integration to simplify. We start with Cisco Umbrella, a cloud-delivered security service that lets you see internet activity across every location (headquarters, branch offices, remote locations worldwide), every network (including guest networks), and every device (IoT, BYOD, laptops, mobile, etc.) on and off the network.
Cisco Umbrella works together with Cisco Advanced Malware Prevention (AMP) for Endpoints and Cisco Email Security to provide a connected security system. Together, we help you see more and gain greater visibility into what’s happening across all of your email, cloud apps, web traffic, and endpoints, no matter where your users go. We help you block more by seeing a threat once and stopping it everywhere across your environment, without manual work from your team. And of course, this helps you respond faster, since you don’t have to bounce between products and consoles to know what to remediate first.
Game changer: Cisco Threat Response
Sounds too good to be true, right? Think again. Meet Cisco Threat Response. Cisco Threat Response automates integrations across Cisco security products and threat intelligence sources to help you simplify and accelerate critical security operations functions. That way, you can find and confirm the most important threats, easily investigate where and how you’re affected, and remediate faster.
The results are distributed intelligence, complete visibility, agile blocking, and automated threat response that lets you see something once — and stop it everywhere — without requiring additional work from your team.
It’s time to demand better cybersecurity in 2020. Are you ready to unleash the full power of the Cisco cloud-based portfolio?