SAFE can help you simplify your security strategy and deployment. This Cisco security reference architecture features easy-to-use visual icons that help you design a secure infrastructure for the edge, branch, data center, campus, cloud, and WAN. The framework encompasses operational domains such as management, security intelligence, compliance, segmentation, threat defense, and secure services.
SAFE solutions have been deployed, tested, and validated at Cisco and provide guidance, best practices, and configuration steps.
Why complicate your security network design? Keep it simple with SAFE.
The SAFE Key organizes security by using two core concepts: Places in the Network (PINs) and Secure Domains.
PINs reference examples of locations that are found in networks and the infrastructure needed to create them:
Secure Domains are operational areas used to protect these locations. They are security concepts that traverse an entire network:
The SAFE blog brings you best practices in network security architecture and design.
This reference architecture logically arranges capabilities to secure business workflows against threats.
SAFE design guides have been tested, validated, and deployed at Cisco. They provide best practices, configuration steps, and more.
Secure Remote Worker for Azure Design Guide - Jan 2021 (PDF - 9.8 MB)
SAFE Secure Data Center Design Guide - December 2020 (PDF - 34.1 MB)
SAFE Secure Cloud for AWS - Design Guide - November 2020 (PDF - 30.5 MB)
Umbrella Design Guide – October 2020 (PDF - 14.8 MB)
Secure Remote Worker Design Guide for AWS - October 2020 (PDF - 10.1 MB)
SAFE Secure Cloud for Azure - July 2020 (PDF - 13.1 MB)
Secure Remote Worker Design Guide - April 2020 (PDF - 2.81 MB)
Ransomware Defense Design Guide – August 2017 (PDF - 6.2 MB)
The SAFE Toolkit includes the elements required to facilitate security discussions. You can use the items on these slides to build presentations using SAFE best-practice illustrations and diagrams. And you can customize the diagrams to suit your business.