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Cisco Secure Remote Worker

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July 22, 2020

Technology Overview

During the pandemic, most organizations were forced to migrate the majority of their employees to a work-from-home model in order to continue doing business, leaving offices largely vacant.

Like it or not, everyone had to adapt to this flexible model. And guess what… now they like it. Both employers and employees. Travel costs are down. The workforce has mastered the use of video conference solutions. Business relationships are maintained. We can now instantly identify who failed to mute based on the unique barking pattern of their dogs. It’s all good.

With this shift, how do we secure thousands of remote workers in the new normal?    

Cisco’s Secure Remote Worker meets these challenges head-on, delivering integrated security in a simple, scalable solution. This solution unifies user and device protection, making it easy to verify, enable secure access and defend remote workers at any time from anywhere. This integrated solution helps accelerate your business success with security that works together, featuring the combined power of Cisco Duo, AnyConnect, Umbrella and AMP for Endpoints.

Descriptions for Duo, AnyConnect, Umbrella, and AMP for Endpoints

With these four products, you can ensure that your remote workforce can continue day-to-day operations to sustain the business. These organized security products work together to ensure your resources are protected. Enable your organization to verify users’ identities and establish device trust before granting them access to Cisco Duo protected applications. If you want to be on the journey to Zero Trust, Cisco Duo is the right vehicle.

With Cisco AnyConnect, you can enable a secure connection to the data center or cloud.  AnyConnect can be a medium for deploying AMP and Umbrella modules. This approach saves bandwidth and time taken to download, requires no changes on the portal side and can be done without authentication credentials sent to the endpoint. 

Cisco Umbrella protects users from malicious Internet destinations whether they are on or off the network by enforcing security at the DNS and IP layers. Umbrella blocks requests to malware, ransomware, phishing and botnets before a connection is even established. Because it is delivered from the cloud, Umbrella makes it easy to protect users everywhere in minutes. Cisco is betting big on Umbrella, utilizing it for everything from fundamental DNS protection to full-blown Secure Access Services Edge (SASE). 

Lastly, to round out the solution set, protect your endpoints from potential malware threats in the network. Remove those threats and defend the enterprise from compromise with the Cisco AMP Security Agent. 

Conclusion

Cisco has the capability of protecting your endpoints and organization from threats. One of the most significant advantages is native integration between products to simplify the overall architecture. For instance, if AMP detects a compromise it will report this to Duo, Duo will then block access to applications until the compromise is resolved.

As remote work becomes more prevalent, and the return to office work pushed out to 2021 for many companies (or indefinitely for others), now is the time to enhance your remote security architecture. Long-term remote work will likely become the “new normal,” and using a security solution such as Cisco’s Secure Remote Worker will put your business and employees in the best position to be protected. To learn more and gain hands-on experience with Cisco’s solution, check out the Cisco Secure Remote Worker On-Demand Lab.

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