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Cisco Zero Trust Security

Secure access for your workforce, workloads and workplace

Zero trust is a comprehensive approach to securing all access across your networks, applications, and environment. This approach helps secure access from users, end-user devices, APIs, IoT, microservices, containers, and more. It protects your workforce, workloads, and workplace.

Gartner Report: Buyer's Guide for Access Management

There are many access and identity management (IAM) solutions with some overlapping in adjacent areas. Gartner created the Buyer’s Guide for Access Management to help security leaders select a long-lasting, cost-efficient access management solution.

Zero Trust Security Webinar

Learn how Cisco solutions can help your organization along the journey to Zero Trust, enabling you to mitigate, detect, and respond to risks across your environment. Analyst from Forrester shared why Zero Trust has become a fundamental approach to security and why Cisco has been named a market leader.

Zero trust explained

What is zero trust?

Assume zero trust when someone or something requests access to work assets. You must first verify their trustworthiness before granting access.

Why Cisco zero trust?

The Cisco Zero Trust security framework helps you prevent unauthorized access, contain breaches, and reduce the risk of an attacker's lateral movement through your network.

Modern enterprise challenges

Increased access

With more users, devices, and connections than ever across your network, applications, and in the cloud, how can you ensure that the right access is granted to each? 

Increased attack surface

Having more users, devices (including IoT), applications, and servers expands your network perimeter. How can you exert control and reduce your overall attack surface?

Gaps in visibility

Your network has devices, users, wireless, and other connections. Meanwhile, your applications, servers, and databases are all talking to each other. How can you gain insight into potential security gaps?

A comprehensive zero-trust security approach

Better secure access across your applications and environment, from any user, device, and location. Cisco Zero Trust helps protect your workforce, workloads, and workplace.

Cisco Zero Trust allows you to:

  • Consistently enforce policy-based controls
  • Gain visibility into users, devices, components, and more across your entire environment
  • Get detailed logs, reports, and alerts that can help you better detect and respond to threats

Provide more secure access, protect against gaps in visibility, and reduce your attack surface with Cisco Zero Trust.

Zero trust for the workforce

Duo secures your workforce

Duo Security helps protect your users and their devices against stolen credentials, phishing, and other identity-based attacks. It verifies users' identities and establishes device trust before granting access to applications.

User identity

Verify users' identities with multi-factor authentication (MFA) 

User devices

Gain device visibility and establish trust with endpoint health and management status.


Enforce access policies for every app with adaptive and role-based access controls. 

Zero trust for workload

Tetration secures your workloads

Secure your hybrid, multicloud workloads and contain lateral movement with application segmentation from Cisco Tetration. Get complete visibility and determine the dependencies within databases and applications.

Visibility into workloads

Gain visibility into what is running and what is critical by identifying workloads and enforcing policies. 

Application segmentation

Contain breaches and minimize lateral movement with application micro-segmentation. 

Security alerts

Alert or block communication if policy is violated by continuously monitoring and responding to indicators of compromise. 

Zero trust for workplace

SD-Access secures your workplace

Cisco Software-Defined Access (SD-Access) helps you gain insight into users and devices; and identify threats and maintain control over all connections across your network, including Internet of Things (IoT) devices like cameras, manufacturing equipment, heart pumps, and more.

Network access

Grant the right level of network access to users and devices with network authentication and authorization.

Network segmentation

Classify and segment users, devices, and applications on your network with network segmentation. 

Contain threats

Contain infected endpoints and revoke network access by continuously monitoring and responding to threats. 

Extended protection and trust

Zero-trust security for any enterprise

In addition to the primary products above, Cisco Zero Trust integrates with an ecosystem of other products to provide complete zero-trust security for any enterprise environment.

Advanced Malware Protection (AMP)

Protect your endpoints, network and email with AMP. Get deep visibility into network and endpoint threats, and block and remove malware.


Get visibility to protect Internet access across all devices on your network, all office locations, and roaming users.

Next-generation firewalls

With deep network and security visibility, you can detect and stop threats fast before they reach your workforce, workloads, and workplace. 


Provide secure access to the workforce and workplace, as well as more insight into user and endpoint behavior across your entire enterprise. 

Email Security

Defend against data loss and encrypt sensitive information with Cisco Email Security to protect against phishing, business email compromise, and ransomware. 

Meraki Systems Manager

Unified device management and control of mobile and desktop devices, allowing for seamless onboarding and automated application of security policies. 


Application-Centric Infrastructure allows for consistent, policy-based automation for connectivity and segmentation across on-premises and cloud. 

Detect and respond


Find out who is on your network and what they are doing using network infrastructure telemetry. Detect threats and respond to them quickly with a scalable solution. 

Cisco Threat Response (CTR)

Automate integrations across Cisco Security products to accelerate detection, investigation, and remediation. 

Extend to any integration

Our technical partnerships make it easy to integrate security with your existing platforms. 

Any endpoint management platform

Protect any endpoint management platform and integrate with Microsoft, Symantec, VMware, MobileIron, Jamf, and more.

Any infrastructure platform

Integrate with any infrastructure platform, such as Google, Kubernetes, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), VMware, and more.

Any third party

Work with third parties, like identity providers and security information and event management (SIEM) systems such as Exabeam, Okta, Splunk, IBM, Google, Dell, Ping Identity, Oracle, and others. 

Cisco deploys Duo for workforce zero trust

Security is constantly changing. As we move forward, Duo is going to be a critical enabler to allow us to have zero trust. Where you are, what you want access to, from what devices, and being able to make that very dynamic. And that's what I'm looking forward to enabling through Duo and the Cisco Zero Trust platform.

Steve Martino, CISO, Cisco

Featured zero-trust resources

Zero-trust approach to enterprise security

Learn the fundamentals of zero trust, including its three pillars, risks, options for implementing, and proposed maturity models.

Zero-trust evaluation guide for the workforce

Evaluate different zero-trust solutions for securing the workforce and verifying your users and their devices as they are accessing applications.

Learn more about securing your workforce, workloads, and workplace by watching this explainer video.