Security Portfolio Guide

Security Portfolio Guide

Cisco Secure is the industry's most complete open platform, with security working together to protect your business at scale.

Cisco Secure is: intelligent, integrated, and everywhere.

The more you see, the more you can stop. Our unrivaled threat intelligence is shared across all control points - see a threat once and block it everywhere. Security is a seamless experience, integrated through a platform that's interoperable with third-party products and embedded in your networking, data center, cloud, and collaboration solutions. Unless security is everywhere, it's nowhere – all locations and control points, any user, any device, and any application.

Secure your way to lower costs, reduce complexity, and improve efficacy with the flexibility to meet you at any point in your security journey.

1. Introduction

An enhanced Enterprise Agreement

Our new Enterprise Agreement (EA) is more than a master service agreement or buying program. It brings you the power and breadth of our entire technology portfolio under a single, simplified agreement. It gives you easy access to the Cisco technologies you need to scale rapidly and accelerate at the speed of business. It not only simplifies purchasing, it offers you a future-ready technology strategy that delivers greater value, agility, and flexibility for your enterprise.

Unlock more value across the entire Cisco portfolio
  • Business agility

    Accelerate business transformation with easier access to technology. The new EA makes it easy to quickly invest in the technology you need from all our portfolios—Networking Infrastructure, Collaboration, Security, Applications Infrastructure, and Services—with lower spend minimums.

  • Premium experience

    Easily buy, manage, and consume your software licenses and services. The new EA gives you common terms and conditions across portfolios, with a single renewal date for your organization. Plus, you can manage all your licenses from one place with the visibility and control of our EA Workspace platform.

  • Unmatched value

    Get more from your investment with access to exclusive offers. The new EA delivers preferred pricing that rewards increased commitment with increased benefits. You enjoy top value through pricing incentives, True Forward financial predictability, and investment protection.

Experience simpler and more effective security

Despite the number of security solutions available today, cyberthreats remain as prevalent as ever. Security needs to be simplified and easier to use so you can move faster to protect your organization. Cisco security solutions, known as Cisco Secure, take an integrated platform approach to radically simplify your security. It applies intelligence to anticipate the changing needs of your business and provide the protection you need everywhere, so you can work anywhere. Our broad portfolio of security solutions includes leading solutions that protect organizations at the user, device, network, and application/data levels. Included with every Cisco Secure product license is SecureX, a cloud-native, built-in platform that connects our Cisco Secure portfolio and your infrastructure. It allows you to radically reduce dwell time and human-powered tasks.

At the same time, the way you buy security must be easier and more flexible. The new Cisco EA makes it easy to get a holistic security portfolio with a single contract, standardized across your entire enterprise and with a higher level of comprehensive support. The new EA also makes it easier to take advantage of Cisco Secure when you enroll for one of the other Cisco solution portfolios covered, including Networking Infrastructure, Collaboration, and Applications Infrastructure.

EA makes it possible to combine portfolios in ways that support cross-architectural solutions. For example, a secure access service edge (SASE) implementation might incorporate offerings from networking, security, and services. Or a hybrid work initiative could bring parts of all five Cisco portfolios together to create an integrated solution.

2. Suites

Cisco Secure solutions

Under the new EA, the Cisco Secure portfolio offers the following solutions:

  • Zero Trust
  • Cloud and Networking Security
  • Secure Platform and Response
  • Secure Hybrid Work
  • Ransomware Defense
Zero Trust

Traditional security approaches assume that anything inside the corporate network can be trusted. This assumption no longer holds true, thanks to the move to hybrid work, BYOD (bring your own device), IoT, cloud adoption, increased collaboration, and a focus on business resiliency. The Cisco Zero Trust suites available in the new EA provide a comprehensive approach to securing all access across your applications and environment. Secure access from any user, device, and location by establishing trust, enforcing trust-based access, and verifying trust continuously.

  • Cisco Secure Access by Duo

    The first step toward a complete zero-trust security model starts with a secure workforce. Cisco Secure Access by Duo verifies user identity and device health every time a user attempts to log in, ensuring trusted access to your applications. It helps establish user and device trust, provides visibility into devices, and enables secure access to all apps.

  • Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)

    Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) is the key component in zero-trust security for the workplace. It provides a dynamic and automated approach to policy enforcement that simplifies the delivery of highly secure network access control. ISE also enables software-defined access and automates network segmentation within IT and OT environments.

  • Cisco Secure Workload

    Cisco Secure Workload makes it possible to achieve the security required for today's heterogeneous multicloud environment. You can protect workloads across any cloud, application, and workload—anywhere. It helps automate and implement a secure zero-trust model for micro-segmentation based on application behavior and telemetry. And it proactively detects and remediates indicators of compromise to reduce the impact to your business.

Cloud and Networking Security

Organizations must manage security in the cloud and across the network in order to deliver the services that customers and employees demand. With the Cisco Cloud and Networking Security suites, available in the new EA, you can shield users against threats anywhere. Secure their data and applications in the cloud and create a secure infrastructure for devices, applications, and users to work in a secure manner. These technologies are critical components to a secure access service edge (SASE) solution.

  • Cisco Umbrella

    Before a connection is ever established, Cisco Umbrella uses the internet's infrastructure to enforce security and block malicious activity. It delivers security from the cloud, so there is no hardware to install and no software to manually update. Umbrella helps you reduce overhead and time spent on management, and it provides effective and reliable security that boasts 100% uptime.

  • Cisco Secure Firewall

    Cisco Secure Firewall is the foundation for the industry's most complete and open security platform. Its world-class security controls defend networks against increasingly sophisticated threats. Its simplified security management offers visibility across distributed and hybrid networks. And it integrates powerful threat prevention capabilities into your existing network infrastructure, making the network a logical extension of your firewall solution.

  • Cisco Secure Web Appliance

    Advanced threats can be lurking anywhere, even on legitimate websites. Cisco Secure Web Appliance offers superior defense against internet-based threats by automatically blocking risky sites and testing unknown sites before allowing users to click on them. It uses TLS 1.3 and high-performance capabilities to protect your organization and keep your users safe.

  • Cisco Cloudlock

    Cisco Cloudlock is a cloud-native cloud access security broker (CASB) that helps you move to the cloud safely. Its simple, open, and automated approach uses APIs to manage the risks in your cloud app ecosystem. Cloudlock protects your cloud users, data, and apps while meeting compliance regulations.

Secure Platform and Response

This solution, which effectively defends against modern threats, depends on gaining a comprehensive picture across all control points. The Cisco Secure Platform and Response pool of suites, available in the new EA, helps security teams work more efficiently, faster, and more collaboratively. It does this by simplifying integration, improving visibility, sharing intelligence, and automating workflows across endpoints, cloud, network, and applications. These technologies are foundational for building an extended detection and response (XDR) solution.

  • Cisco Secure Email

    Cisco Secure Email provides extended visibility into threats on email from everywhere with robust search and remediation capabilities to stop malicious attacks. Keeps your data safe with data loss prevention and encryption safeguard information and protects outgoing email, helping you comply with government and industry regulations.

  • Cisco Secure Endpoint

    Cisco Secure Endpoint offers cloud-delivered endpoint protection and advanced endpoint detection and response across multi-domain control points. You can stop breaches and block malware, then rapidly detect, contain, and remediate advanced threats that evade front-line defenses.

  • Cisco Secure Network Analytics

    With Cisco Secure Network Analytics, and Cisco Secure Cloud Analytics you can take advantage of insights from industry-leading machine learning and behavioral modeling to outsmart emerging threats to your digital business. Secure Network Analytics gives you visibility into network users, helps you detect and respond quickly to advanced threats, and lets you protect critical data through smarter network segmentation.

  • Secure Hybrid Work

    Secure Hybrid Work unifies security and protection at scale, making it easy to verify user identity, verify and control user access, enable secure access and defend workers everywhere at anytime from anywhere. This Secure Hybrid Work solution also prevents email targeted threats and automates tasks within an integrated platform to help accelerate your business success with security that works together.

  • Ransomware Defense

    Ransomware penetrates organizations in multiple ways, so fighting it requires a multi-front strategy. Cisco protects against ransomware with an integrated platform approach across a breadth of critical control points backed by best-in-class threat intelligence and research from Talos.

3. Eligibility requirements

Eligibility requirements

To make EA more accessible, we've lowered its minimum eligibility requirements by reducing the required commitment across an organization as follows:

Term minimum: 3- and 5-year terms
Contract value: $100,000 net at program level, after discount and pre-IB credits at program level

Fully committed suite Partially committed suite
Suite threshold set by the Customer’s selected tier. See the Cisco Enterprise Agreement 3.0 Program Guide for more information on Security Portfolio tiers. No TCV minimum requirement. Some Minimum unit quantities may be required.
Customers receive all EA benefits for committed suites Limited benefits for partially committed suites

4. Popular add-ons and available services

Common add-ons, services, and support for security

One of the primary benefits of the new EA is that it makes it easier to quickly bring into your environment a broad array of technologies from across Cisco portfolios. Some common areas include:

  • Networking Infrastructure portfolio offerings

    The close, intertwined relationship between security and networking often leads Cisco security customers to also take advantage of solutions from our networking portfolio, such as Cisco Digital Network Architecture (Cisco DNA), Cisco Meraki and Cloud Networking.

  • Services portfolio offerings

    Cisco Customer Experience (CX) has a portfolio of end-to-end services that provide world-class expert guidance and digital intelligence to help our customers drive business outcomes faster. Our Solution Support provides centralized support across more than 30 solutions and more than 250 products. Our Security Services Support offers organizations the technical expertise needed to implement, optimize, and manage their security.

5. Available portfolios

Easy access to other Cisco subscription portfolios

Now that the new EA brings all Cisco portfolios under one agreement, it's easier for you to access our full complement of technologies and innovations that your environment needs and be able to respond to the dynamic changes in your industry.

Networking Infrastructure portfolio

As a worldwide leader in networking, Cisco's Networking Infrastructure portfolio serves the broadest range of networking needs across industries and segments. Our networking solutions help you quickly adapt to change and simplify and scale operations, while protecting against service degradation and threats.

Plus, the new Cisco EA brings together our industry-leading Cisco DNA software, Meraki, and data center offerings with other Cisco capabilities to supercharge your business. Your organization can more easily and effectively implement critical cross-technology solutions, such as security and services. And you can dynamically adjust and adapt your networking infrastructure so you can keep pace with your network's expanding and evolving demands.

Application Infrastructure portfolio

From hybrid cloud architectures to application experiences, enterprisewide full-stack observability to low-code workflow design, Cisco's broad portfolio of applications can address your most pressing technology requirements and help your business meet its strategic objectives.

The new Cisco EA makes it simpler to get the applications your business needs today, and helps you adjust with agility as your needs shift. It also simplifies and speeds up your organization's ability to deploy other critical Cisco portfolio solutions, such as combining with collaboration tools for hybrid work or leveraging networking technologies for more efficient data center operations.

Collaboration portfolio

Webex Suite, available in the new EA, delivers the calling, meeting, messaging, and events tools you need to bring people together easily and help them to work together productively. At the same time, it helps you meet increasingly complex security and compliance requirements, which are key to keeping your information safe and secure.

The new Cisco EA makes it easy to get a holistic collaboration enrollment with a single contract, standardized across your entire enterprise and with a higher level of comprehensive support. The new EA also makes it easier to take advantage of Cisco Collaboration solutions when you enroll for one of the other Cisco solution portfolios covered by the EA, including Networking Infrastructure and Application Infrastructure.

Services Portfolio

Cisco Customer Experience (CX) has a portfolio of services that provide world-class expert guidance and digital intelligence to help you drive business outcomes faster. Solution Support streamlines your support experience across software, hardware, and partner providers so you can resolve issues quickly, focus on your business, and innovate with confidence.

The Services enrollment for Cisco EA helps you more easily take advantage of Solution Support across Cisco portfolios, including Networking Infrastructure, Security, Collaboration, and Applications Infrastructure. You get a holistic support contract across your Cisco technologies with unified terms and conditions. This helps you to:

  • Reduce contract complexity and administrative overhead
  • Predict and streamline costs
  • Speed up, simplify, and enhance issue resolution

6. Financial benefits

Financial benefits of the new EA

In addition to delivering on technology and business needs, the new EA offers financial benefits designed for the needs of enterprises. The following are a few examples:

Financial flexibility

As with technology, finance increasingly needs to be more dynamic. The new EA delivers new levels of flexibility for financing, such as flexible terms and volume ramp options.

Financial predictability with True Forward

The financial predictability of True Forward makes EA stand out from other agreements.. Unlike other enterprise license agreements that require you to true up every year, the new EA doesn't retroactively charge for a year's extra usage up to 15 percent. This saves you from potentially having a large, unexpected bill at your contract anniversary—as frequently happens with other vendors. Instead, we work with you to update your next year's contract to bring it closer in line with your actual usage.

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