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It’s no surprise that the events of 2020 drastically changed the IT landscape, as millions of people began working from home, accessing apps from a multitude of devices on public internet and service providers. As organizations embraced hybrid/multi-cloud technologies, vastly expanding the perimeter of IT, they also faced an unprecedented rise in malicious security threats and a growth in modern applications complexity—all testing the limits of monitoring practices.

The quantity¹ and frequency² of hacker attacks, coupled with the typical time³ to identify and contain a breach, then multiplied by the various applications running on-prem, multi-cloud and cloud-native microservices, security risk remains a major challenge.

And that formula just doesn’t work for our customers’ security posture.

Protecting customers’ applications are the lifeblood of digital business. The Cisco Security Platform & Response (SP&R) partnered with AppDynamics to build a new approach to application security – one that protects business-critical applications continuously from inside-out.

Introducing Cisco Secure Application.

Cisco Secure Application protects applications at runtime, detects and blocks attacks in real-time, and simplifies the lifecycle of security incidents by providing application and business context and creating a shared context across Application and Security teams. Natively built-into AppDynamics full-stack observability platform, Cisco Secure Application embeds security into the application runtime without adding performance overhead to unlocks security insights without friction.

Needed now more than ever, Cisco Secure Application continuously detects vulnerabilities and threats, block attacks, and provides business context so teams can prioritize remediation by business impact.  It helps security teams investigate breaches, an essential factor in business continuity, turning thousands of hours of prevention and detection into seconds, enabling customers to reduce friction and catch threats in moments, not months.

Cisco Secure Application is the first line of defense, an organic layer of security, and an integral part of a comprehensive monitoring strategy from within the application runtime—and for every application environment.  With awareness of the application topology and business context, AppOps can scope a security incident and understand the potential impact to users and the business and strategically prioritize response. SecOps can achieve visibility into attacks based on deep application insight that eases alert fatigue and provides shared context when talking to application teams. Security professionals can identify runtime vulnerabilities and fixes with business value prioritization.

Shared context and insights enable users to ensure peak performance and security posture.

Cisco Secure Application is the only solution purpose-built to protect business-critical applications, no matter where they run, from the inside out, to maintain speed and uptime. As part of AppDynamics, Cisco Secure Application brings together business, performance, and security insights to protect organizations from slowdowns and exploits. It detects vulnerabilities and automatically blocks attacks to protect applications, end-users, and business.

Our portfolio strength is the value we deliver to customers.

Cisco SecureX’s built-in platform experience helps CISOs and IT decision-makers with SecOps, ITOps and NetOps maximize operational efficiency to secure networks, users and endpoints, cloud edge, and applications, delivering faster remediation with better precision and eliminating the friction and repetition in processes.

When there’s a customer need, SP&R innovates to solve the problem, affording them a competitive edge. That’s the fierceness of competition, and what drives our ability to innovate for our customers.  And as we build the best products in cybersecurity—and in leading the App Security space—we continue to power our customer’s business and the industry forward, securely. Period.

Footnotes:

  1. Hackers attack every 39 seconds.
  2. Hackers attached on an average of 2,244 times a day.
  3. The typical time to identify and contain a breach is more than six months.

 

This blog was originally written by Al Huger for Cisco Blogs.

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