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It’s a network jungle out there, can you stay secure?

June 23, 2017

How many IoT devices are there just where you are sitting now?  If you’re at home the TV, the heating controller, the alarm system, the device you are reading this on, your printer, even your fridge maybe…?  If you are in the office or a shop or a bank, then the numbers get even bigger. Anywhere and everywhere, everything is getting connected.  Probably even in the actual jungle.

It makes it convenient, easier to get things done.  But is it secure?  And how, as a Network Manager, do you keep control of all these devices, so that you can be sure that they are only passing the right traffic onto your network.

Things everywhere, sprouting up in new places every second, and moving fast – and not all these things designed to be stationary.  Like Monkeys swinging through the trees faster than you can keep track of them.  Potentially leaving a trail of chaos in their wake.

And that poses a challenge. A big challenge.  Because to set up a security policy, traditionally we think of an IP address equalling an identity and a location.  But when your devices are like those monkeys, and the numbers of monkeys just keeps on growing, traditional solutions are just not keeping up.

What if there was an easier way?

That’s what Michael Steven’s went to find out in Episode 4 of our New Frontiers series.  He got the low-down from Shawn Wargo, Principal Technical Marketing Engineer, Cisco, who explains how DNA Centre is making it easier to manage network segmentation.

It’s like being able to organise that jungle, all those monkeys.  So that where they are, or how quickly new ones pop up, no longer impacts how you ensure they are doing the right thing. And not causing chaos.

Watch now to discover how

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