Cisco Unveils Role-Based Architecture to Advance Enterprise-Wide Security
Novel Cisco TrustSec Architecture Addresses Key Compliance
SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 5, 2007 — Cisco® today announced Cisco Trusted Security (TrustSec), a new architecture that integrates identity and role-based security measures for scaled implementation across enterprise networks. When implemented enterprisewide, Cisco TrustSec addresses the increasing compliance requirements for a global and mobile workforce, ultimately enabling a more agile and secure infrastructure. Cisco also announced industry relationships with Intel and Ixia to increase interoperability with this architecture.
“Customers are demanding a highly secure way to expand their businesses and compliance policies,” said Jayshree Ullal, senior vice president of the Data Center, Switching and Security Technology Group at Cisco. “The Cisco TrustSec architecture delivers a new paradigm for security in role-based user access to applications and resources without compromising business velocity.”
Cisco TrustSec creates a trusted enterprise network encompassing Cisco switches along with Cisco routers and Cisco Unified Wireless Network controllers as a foundation for authenticating users, assigning roles, enforcing access policies and delivering integrity and confidentiality to network traffic. Cisco TrustSec includes:
“Understanding which users do what and where, on networks and on applications, is a key component of the compliance strategy of virtually every enterprise. Doing so requires implementing a security architecture based on the roles and identities of users. In our recent benchmark on security and information protection, enterprise IT executives cited Cisco as the top strategic security vendor relied on to help with these and other security initiatives,” said Andreas M. Antonopoulos, senior vice president and founding partner of Nemertes Research.
Standards and Industry Interoperability
Cisco is also pleased to announce that Intel has joined those supporting the Cisco approach that enables IEEE 802.1AE-based components to communicate and negotiate the encryption of data, while preserving the full range of network-based services. This will enhance interoperability between Cisco TrustSec capable switches and Intel® Ethernet controllers that support the IEEE 802.1AE standard. Cisco also announced that Ixia, a global provider of Internet Protocol (IP)-performance test systems, will support IEEE 802.1AE encrypted line cards in their Ixia test equipment so that customers may now test with Cisco TrustSec capable switches.
“Communication between devices that support the IEEE 802.1AE standard for encryption and integrity is beneficial for enterprise-wide deployment,” said Pat Gelsinger, senior vice president and general manger of Intel Corp.’s Digital Enterprise Group. “Intel will support IEEE 802.1AE-based secure connectivity for our customers in its upcoming Intel Ethernet controllers, and we will be working with Cisco to ensure interoperability of this capability with Cisco switches.”
Increased Regulatory Compliance
“I see tremendous value in the Cisco TrustSec architecture for providing a scalable topology independent of network access technology and coupled with Layer 2 confidentiality and integrity. This has the potential to provide us with a solution to help address the de-perimeterization and regulatory compliance,” said Uwe Fischer, information security officer of E.ON.
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