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Cisco Live 2019 – Key cyber security points

So, a very brief trip to Barcelona for the partner security day at Cisco Live 2019, it always amazes me how the flight costs less than a train ticket to London!

The purpose of the partner day is to bring together Cisco’s EMEA security partners in one place and to provide an update on what’s new and happening in the world of security according to Cisco, oh and of course it provides a good opportunity to meet up with our Cisco contacts (old and new) in a more relaxed atmosphere. This year the day consisted of the following packed timetable, it was good to see some speakers who’ve spoken at ISN events back on stage and presenting their material.

• Cybersecurity Opening Magic Tricks, Ken Newman, Cybersecurity Magician
• Changing the Equation with Cisco Cybersecurity, John Maynard, Vice President, Global Security Sale.
• Cisco on Cisco – Cybersecurity, Michelle Finneran Dennedy, Vice President, Chief Privacy Officer
• Cisco Talos Comprehensive Threat Intelligence – What’s New?, Martin Lee, Manager, Talos Outreach EMEA and Asia
• Secure SD Wan, Ivan Duggan, Director Enterprise Networks, EMEAR at Cisco
• Cybersecurity Magic, Ken Newman, Cybersecurity Magician
• Cisco Threat Response, integrations, with demos, Moritz Wenz, Systems Engineering Manager EMEAR
• Duo Demonstration and Integration, videos, Josh Green, Consulting Systems Engineer, Duo Third party integration of cybersecurity by partners (API, Programming)

Key points I took away were:

The security product portfolio is still very strong and growing, either through additional acquisitions or integration between products.

SD-WAN is a great example of this, Cisco EMEA seem to be endorsing the UK view (ok my view) that SD-WAN is not all about cost saving but is in-fact a way of providing intelligent, secure, application specific routing over a “transport agnostic fabric” and we saw evidence of this as umbrella and Amp are being integrated within the SD-WAN products, the key message here being that any transport method will benefit from the intelligence and security of SD-WAN.

Duo looks to be an interesting authentication product and one I’ll be looking at more closely in the near future although you can’t actually buy it through distribution yet! We will keep you all posted as this relationship develops and Duo becomes available.

Talos is continuing to provide the expert threat analysis that we know and frequently tell our customers and they have now published a bunch of free cybersecurity tools on their website –, worth checking out if you get time.

An exciting piece of news is that Cisco are now providing what looks to be a decent security-incident cloud-based platform with any security license, this is definitely something we should be looking at further and recommending to our customers.

Finally, I found out that businesses can get discounts on their cyber-insurance policies by installing Cisco security products, there’s something I never knew!

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