Cisco has announced the availability of Cisco Secure Application on the Cisco Full-Stack Observability Platform, enabling organisations to bring together application and security teams to securely develop and deploy modern applications. The latest release of Cisco Secure Application helps customers to securely manage cloud native applications in addition to hybrid applications.
In the race to deliver seamless digital experiences, IT teams have experienced an increase in the need to shift to modern, distributed applications, but according to a recent Cisco study, 92 per cent 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.
To help organisations secure cloud native applications, the new Cisco Secure Application offering is now available on Cisco’s recently launched Full-Stack Observability Platform – arms customers with expanded visibility and intelligent business risk insights across cloud environments, empowering 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 industry-leading 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
- 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 prioritise and address the most impactful security vulnerabilities.
Commenting on the launch, Ronak Desai, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Full-Stack Observability and AppDynamics, said, “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. 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. 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.”
Meanwhile, Mark Leary, research director, IDC, said, “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. Cisco’s extensive domain experience across hybrid and multi-cloud environments and comprehensive full tech stack oversight positions the company well to help customers bring application observability, security intelligence data, and business risk observability together. Combined, they give customers access to the critical information they need to make smart decisions about their application security.”