Cisco launches IoT security architecture

CRN | January 28, 2020

Cisco is strengthening IoT security with the introduction of a security architecture for industrial IoT. Launched at Cisco Live EMEA in Barcelona this week, the new IoT security architecture will improve visibility across IT and operational technology (OT) environments, said Cisco’s director of global IoT, Joe Malenfant. "First, you have to connect things, then, you have to secure them to be able to get that data," Malenfant told CRN USA. "We're taking something that's designed for security and made it relevant to the operations team." Cisco's IoT security architecture gives businesses insight into their entire IoT environments, including both their networking and industrial assets in the field or at the edge of the network. The new architecture is powered by Cisco Talos, the firm's security intelligence and research group, which will provide real-time cybersecurity monitoring and anomaly detection, Cisco said.

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Cisco | February 04, 2022

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Casa Systems | June 15, 2022

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FS.COM | July 04, 2022

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