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How Secure Is
Your Data Center?

Digital transformation is changing the face of today’s IT

Applications are the foundation of your team’s productivity—and a key interface between you and your customers. And because applications are hyper-diverse and hyper-distributed, the data center is no longer a fixed location. It’s wherever your data is created, processed, and used.

Digital Transformation
Applications are evolving

Applications are evolving

  • Cloud-native apps need modern architectures and capabilities
  • Machine learning, AI, and analytics place new demands
demanding multicloud flexibility

Developers are demanding multicloud flexibility

  • Apps are developed with unprecedented speed and scale
  • IT complexity drives the need for a consistent buying option
Workloads are more distributed

Workloads are more distributed

  • Flexible placement, increased performance, and enhanced monitoring are required
  • Protection is needed for an increasing number of attack surfaces and blind spots

As you meet new demands, your perimeter is growing

Increased app use, multiple clouds, and edge computing are causing IT perimeters to grow, which increases complexity, reduces visibility, and makes security a lot more difficult.


Cyber criminals are exploiting these security gaps.


Many security teams spend too much time defending the
data center
—the old perimeter.


Meanwhile, 80% of breaches are via weak or stolen passwords,
and the majority of malware arrives via web or email.
Attackers are targeting the weakest links, which are users
and applications—the new perimeter.


New Perimeter

The changing application landscape demands a
more agile infrastructure

Today’s secure data center requires three primary elements:

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

Build a system designed to optimize workloads, regardless of form factor or location.

Automation

Automation

Automate wherever possible to transform IT into an agile and strategic business enabler.

Security

Security

Integrate security from the ground up, providing pervasive visibility and defense.

40%

By 2022, 40% of operational processes will be self-healing and self-learning.

(Source: Operating Model Transformation Leverages Connected Systems, IDC, 2018)

A new approach to security is critical

Your security strategy should ensure the visibility of applications and data, restrict unnecessary privileges and access, and enable rapid threat detection and remediation.

New approach to security
See everything

See everything

Gain visibility into all users, workloads, and applications. Without this view, the data center is a black hole—and you can’t protect what you can’t see.

Reduce the attack surface

Reduce the attack surface

Increased visibility helps you develop policies to segment the data center to keep bad actors from accessing the entire infrastructure if they do breach the perimeter.

Stop the breach

Stop the breach

Use security tools that quickly detect breaches and work within the data center infrastructure to rapidly remediate them.

Cisco can deliver an agile yet secure infrastructure
for your digital business

Cisco’s proven validated designs mean components work together seamlessly to reduce operational overhead and provide the agility to provision applications quickly and securely. No matter where your data center is located— on premises, in a public or private cloud, or all of the above.

Security

Security

Automation

Automation

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

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Cisco Secure Cisco® Secure Workload Network Analytics

Cisco® Secure Workload

Multiple clouds

Multiple clouds

Simplified infrastructure

Simplified infrastructure

Secured end

Secured end to end

Cisco ACI® MSO

Application Centric Infrastructure and Multi-Site Orchestrator

Cisco Nexus® dashboard

Insights, assurance, multiscale

Cisco Intersight™

Simple, automated management

Policy and automation

Cisco UCS®, Intersight

Cisco Nexus

Cisco HyperFlex®

Agile infrastructure

Infrastructure needs to evolve with your business

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Cisco Umbrella®

Cisco Secure Firewall

Deliver better business outcomes

Agility

Agility

Provision applications quickly and securely, regardless of location.

Visibility

Visibility

Get an in-depth view to better set and automate security policies.

Automation

Automation

Automate key tasks, such as security updates and software versions.

Assurance

Assurance

Ensure that intended policies are functioning the way you want them to.

Meet regulatory requirements related to GDPR and data protection, make data center operations more efficient, and reduce the need for day-to-day overhead tasks.