SecureX is supposedly “Context Aware Enforcement”. I also believe SecureX to be Cisco’s current security strategy ( is that three or four in the last three years ? ). So it’s something we should probably be aware of. Right ?
But I don’t know what, either specifically or generally, that means as a deliverable. And other than a couple of keynote †talks and some press releases, the strategy appears to have stopped before it even got serious.
I’ve been watching this webcast where Tom Gillis gave a presentation at RSA – here is the webcast – http://media.omediaweb.com/rsa2011/exclusive/webcast-launcher-2-4-cisco.htm
The presentation was very long on fancy and expensive looking graphics like this one:
Meaningful, eh ?
And there was any number of condescending platitudes:
07:05 – “Cool and easy will always win out over safe but clunky”
11:55 – “In a world where the network doesn’t have a beginning or an end”
12:43 – “Cisco…the most trusted infrastructure in the world”
…… yeah, I have given up about here
And I’ve been to Cisco web – Cisco SecureX Architecture and it’s effectively empty.
I also interviewed Tom Gillis at Cisco Live in London, and was deeply concerned about the lack of depth to SecureX. I played back the recording of the interview again, and still have the same problem that this strategy is hollow. It’s missing deliverables, actions, details, or indeed, anything that can be actioned.
The EtherealMind View
Honestly, if this is the The Future of Network Security: Ciscoís SecureX Architecture I have no idea how that is going to work. How can you announce a new strategy, and then provide no details for a month or more after the announcement.
Cisco Security Business Unit has has any number of convulsions within the company as they kill off products such as CS-MARS, defocus on others e.g. NAC and finally deliver on long overdue upgrades ( CSM 4.0, ACS 5.x ). Importantly, they are still integrating the purchase of IronPort and ScanSafe with the SBU now headed by Tom Gillis who was previously CEO of IronPort . This lack of execution implies that there might all sorts of problems with getting agreement within the SBU on exactly what SecureX is or is not †? †Alternately, it’s just possible that SecureX is already dead due to internal politics since there is nothing happening.
Cisco Security Business Unit has been a reliable partner for many years and any more stumbles will start me thinking to re-evaluate my security products. The ASA is good product, but it’s only one part of an ecosystem.
Or am I missing something ? Is there any other information about Cisco’s SecureX that I haven’t seen ? Anyone from Cisco Security marketing want to reach out and let me know more ( because I can’t find you ) ?