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Comprehensive Threat Intelligence

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Comprehensive Threat Intelligence

Protecting Customers from Known and Emerging Threats

Today's IT organizations need security products relying on leading threat intelligence to effectively safeguard their extended networks. Creating leading threat intelligence is the focus of the Cisco Talos Security Intelligence and Research Group (Talos).

Talos is comprised of leading threat researchers supported by sophisticated systems. Talos researchers create threat intelligence for Cisco products to protect customers from both known and emerging threats.

Talos is backed by sophisticated infrastructure and systems that provide exceptional visibility from the aggregation and analysis of unrivaled telemetry data at Cisco, encompassing:

  • Billions of web requests and emails
  • Millions of malware samples
  • Open source data sets
  • Millions of network intrusions

The result is a security intelligence cloud producing "big intelligence" and reputation analysis that track threats across networks, endpoints, mobile devices, virtual systems, web, and email.

This provides a holistic understanding of threats, their root causes, and scopes of outbreaks, translating into leading security effectiveness for Cisco security solutions.

Talos' renowned security experts are a combined team from, Sourcefire’s Vulnerability Research Team, the Cisco Threat Research and Communications group and the Cisco Security Applications group.

The team's expertise spans software development, reverse engineering, vulnerability triage, malware investigation, and intelligence gathering. Talos maintains the official rule sets and communities of, ClamAV, and SpamCop.

Cisco Collective Security Intelligence

Talos is the primary team that contributes threat information to the Cisco Collective Security Intelligence ecosystem. This comprises multiple teams across Cisco delivering security protections and managed security services. CSI consists of the Security and Trust Organization, Managed Threat Defense (MTD), Security Research and Operations (SRO), and Talos.

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