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Easy-to-Use Threat Intelligence for Organizations of All Sizes: Threat Awareness Service

2015-11-10 13:40

From credit card numbers to medical records, small and midsize organizations hold the same sensitive information as large enterprises. We often think of multinational corporations and governments as the primary targets for cybersecurity breaches, but smaller companies face the same threats. As enterprises start to spend more on security, hackers are increasingly looking to pick lower-hanging fruit by targeting smaller organizations. In recent years, more than half of known breach victims have been organizations with less than 1,000 employees, and 66% have fewer than 10,000.[1]

Without the large security budget or dedicated cybersecurity expertise of a major enterprise, smaller organizations struggle to implement threat intelligence solutions that can help them see suspicious activity occurring in their networks. These solutions are generally hard to deploy, difficult to use, and costly to obtain.

To help organizations of all sizes gain continuous visibility into suspicious activity occurring on their networks, we are introducing Cisco Threat Awareness Service, a threat intelligence service that enhances threat visibility by making security information available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Accessed through a web portal, this cloud-based service provides visibility into inbound and outbound network activity from the outside and highlights potential threats requiring additional attention. Cisco Threat Awareness Service requires no configuration changes, network infrastructure, or new software, so you can deploy the service quickly, easily, and cost-effectively.

This service tracks customer domain names and IP addresses to observe suspicious activity or requests. This information, along with remediation recommendations, is available around the clock through a customized web portal. The interface is easy to use, and we designed it so that you do not have to be a security expert to use it.

Because the service monitors network traffic from the outside, it is really easy to deploy. No equipment, personnel, software, licenses, or configuration changes are required, so you can activate quickly and get up and running without network downtime or a physical footprint in your data center.

To make Cisco Threat Awareness Service cost-effective for organizations of all sizes, we have included a base offer of the service with Cisco Smart Net Total Care Service at no additional cost. A premium offer of the service is available as a yearly subscription for customers looking to track an unlimited number of domain names and IP addresses.

Cisco Threat Awareness Service will be fully available in January of 2016. Current Cisco customers with Smart Net Total Care contracts will be able to begin using this service at no additional cost. If you are using Smart Net Total Care, there is no reason not to start improving your security with this service right away – please speak with your Cisco account manager for more information.

To learn more about Cisco Threat Awareness Service, visit the Cisco Security Advisory Services site.

To learn more about how Cisco is extending Security Everywhere, watch our launch webcast.


[1] 2013 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report. Page 13.

Source: ecivres-ssenerawa-taerht/ytiruces/moc.ocsic.sgolb

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