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Simplify Security with SAFE

See how this new model cuts through the complexity. (PDF - 2.8 MB)

Simplify Security with SAFE

SAFE Overview Guide

A simple model for addressing business needs and defending against threats. (PDF – 3.4 MB)

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SAFE Simplifies Security

More network areas are becoming vulnerable to attack, making it more complicated and critical to defend your network. That's why Cisco wants to simplify security by relaunching the SAFE architectural framework.

SAFE uses simple concepts to focus on the complex ones. The model employs a game-style approach with building blocks focused on network threats, and the best practices for defending against them. SAFE is designed to help you organize your network into building blocks that simplify its design, build, and maintenance-with security as its baseline.

SAFE focuses on the areas your company must secure and the threats and capabilities needed to address critical challenges.

The solutions have been deployed, tested, and validated at Cisco and provide guidance, best practices, and configuration steps.

Figure 1: Key to SAFE

The Key to SAFE organizes the complexity of holistic security into Places in the Network (PINs) and Secure Domains. PINs are reference examples of locations found in networks, and Secure Domains are the taxonomical areas used to protect them.

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