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Introducing Deeper Integration with Cisco’s Tetration Analytics
Posted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:27:32 PM

Latest updates to AlgoSec solution give even closer, real-time control and security management across organizations’ Cisco deployments and their wider network estates

Both AlgoSec and Cisco share a similar vision and attitude in focusing on application and security policies to provide end-to-end automation and agile service delivery to enterprises. With this mutual application-centric approach to network security management, our integration aligns closely with business strategies that benefit our enterprise customers – enabling them to accelerate deployments and manage security across their diverse network environments.

As a valued Cisco technology partner, we have worked together to introduce a series of updates to the Cisco Tetration Analytics platform. By accessing Cisco’s huge development capacity, we are able to make enhancements that offer real value to mutual customers, taking the integration between AlgoSec and Cisco even deeper to deliver a truly holistic solution.

Why integrate AlgoSec with Tetration?

In some cases, a customer would choose Cisco and rely on Tetration Analytics and ACI to manage their network and network security with little or no need to use an external solution. However, most enterprise environments are likely to have hybrid network estates, with on premise data center, ACI and cloud networks utilizing solutions from a range of vendors. In this scenario, organizations’ IT, security and networking teams need a way to tie the automation of the different devices they have at their disposal into their Cisco ACI deployment.

Cisco’s Tetration Analytics platform is designed to manage highly complex and ever-changing business networks through machine learning, behavior analysis and algorithmic approaches. It performs automatic application discovery by utilizing hardware and software sensors and machine-learning analytics. Once connectivity and dependency mapping is created by Tetration, the AlgoSec solution then takes this information and ties it into the enterprise’s wider network security infrastructure (whether on-premise or in the cloud) – automatically tagging security policies on every device, platform and technology that support critical business applications.

AlgoSec also allows users to manage security tasks with business impact in mind, linking the application with detected security risks, vulnerabilities and compliance gaps.

By integrating the AlgoSec solution with the abundant capabilities of Cisco ACI and Tetration Analytics, our customers can build a comprehensive map of their entire network estate, including all devices from multiple vendors. They can then use the Tetration Analytics platform to discover and map application flows, automate security policy changes, ensure compliance and assess and prioritize risk across their estates.

Closer, real-time integration

The integration between AlgoSec and Cisco Tetration Analytics platform creates a single source of truth for application connectivity policies across all network environments, and helps eliminate inconsistencies and tedious troubleshooting, supporting continuous compliance with a fully documented audit trail of every change.

And now we’ve made that integration even closer. A key new feature in our Tetration integration offering is the ability for users to automate data importing from the Cisco Tetration Analytics platform to the AlgoSec solution, rather than by manual import.

This gives users automatic, near real-time updates across their entire network, making it possible to identify what users have done, what changes have occurred, and judge if the changes make sense or if they need to be rectified as a priority. The updates to the platform are also complementary to the solutions AlgoSec currently provides; not only can we automate and validate changes on a security and policy level but now, we can do it at the application level too.

With this enhanced integration, our mutual customers get closer control over changes made both within the ACI estate and elsewhere on the enterprise network and gain a greater oversight of their environment with both real-time integration and historical analysis capabilities. It gives users an opportunity to exploit the information that is contained in Tetration as populated by its users, and get the same information from the AlgoSec solution to put that at the disposal of those controlling the Cisco estate.

With greater automation, control and visibility of applications outside of the Cisco deployment, AlgoSec is able to deliver a win/win solution for customers by giving them a business-centric view of their security posture across their entire infrastructure.

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