Cisco Secure Application secures cloud app building, usage

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Bangalore: Cisco has announced the availability of Cisco Secure Application (previously Security Insights for Cloud Native Application Observability) on its Full-Stack Observability Platform. Cisco Secure Application helps organisations secure the development and deployment of cloud-native applications by bringing application and security teams closer together. It helps customers to securely manage cloud-native applications in addition to hybrid applications.

With increasing focus on delivering seamless digital experiences, IT teams have experienced an increase in the need to shift to modern, distributed applications. However, a recent Cisco study revealed that 92% of global technologists admit that the rush to rapidly innovate and respond to the changing needs of customers has come at the expense of robust application security during software development.

This has left companies exposed to security vulnerabilities and threats, with larger attack surfaces and gaps in their application security layer caused by siloed teams both struggling to gain visibility and the right business context to prioritise vulnerabilities. As a result, organisations are reporting an explosion of security incidents in the modern environment, putting customer data and the reputation of their business at risk.

Business Risk Score from Cisco Secure Application

To help organisations secure cloud-native applications, the new Cisco Secure Application offering is now available on Cisco’s recently launched its vendor-agnostic Full-Stack Observability Platform. This provides customers with expanded visibility and intelligent business risk insights across cloud environments. It empowers businesses to better prioritise and respond in real-time to revenue and reputation-impacting security risks and reduce overall organisational risk profiles.
Cisco Secure Application integrates with Cisco’s security products and enables customers to:

  • Locate and highlight security issues across application entities, including services, workloads, pods, containers and business transactions, and isolate them at speed.
  • Prioritise issues with a business risk score that combines application performance data and business impact context from Cisco’s own Cloud Native Application Observability, with real-time vulnerability detection and security intelligence from Cisco’s security products, to identify which business transactions present the greatest risk.
  • Accelerate response time to security incidents with real-time remediation guidance, complete with prescriptive actions to prioritize and address the most impactful security vulnerabilities.

“Application security has never been a more pressing priority for businesses, and traditional vulnerability scanning solutions simply don’t provide the information that teams need,” said Ronak Desai, SVP and GM of Cisco Full-Stack Observability and AppDynamics.

“An organisation’s ability to quickly assess risks based on potential business impact, align teams and triage threats is entirely dependent on understanding where vulnerabilities exist, the severity of those risks, the likelihood they will be exploited, and the risk to the business of each issue. This business risk observability can help IT professionals understand and prioritise those risks and is uniquely delivered by Cisco,” added Desai.

Further, “The availability of Cisco Secure Application on the Cisco Full-Stack Observability Platform is a critical next step in our commitment to providing customers with the tools they need to deliver unmatched and secure digital experiences across hybrid and multi-cloud environments.” said Desai.
“The successful digital infrastructure must operate as a concert – not as a collection of separate products, providers, and people. This requires all components – from core to edge, from network to applications, from on-premises systems to public cloud and communications services – to work as one to deliver the best digital experiences,” said Mark Leary, Research Director, IDC.

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