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Securing Meraki Networks with Cisco XDR


Most organizations acknowledge the advantages accrued by connecting their digital expertise stacks for addressing gaps of their cyber-defenses. Nevertheless, one hole that continues to problem organizations of all sizes exists between the community and safety operations, making breaches a major root trigger for community outages. Breach associated disruptions can final for months earlier than regular operations are restored. Giving Community Directors advance warning into safety threats rising of their atmosphere stays aspirational for a lot of.

At Cisco, we now have at all times strived to construct safety into the community, reasonably than bolting it onto the community as an afterthought. In the direction of this finish, we’re happy to announce the mixing of Cisco XDR, our revolutionary prolonged detection and response answer, with the much-adored Cisco Meraki portfolio.

Meraki Networks will get a Safety shot within the arm

At this time, we’re arming Meraki community and safety directors with the power to proactively monitor rising threats as they develop of their atmosphere. Moderately than anticipate ‘Breaking Information’ from their safety counterparts, community directors can catch the warning indicators early and assign suspicious incidents to safety analysts for additional investigation. On this approach, they will keep forward of the curve and forestall occasions from mushrooming into full-blown incidents.

This 12 months at Cisco Stay 2024, clients can expertise the place safety meets the community with new capabilities integrating Cisco XDR with the Meraki MX Safety and SD-WAN portfolio in furtherance of Cisco’s built-in safety technique. 

Advantages movement in each instructions

The advantages accrued from integrating Cisco XDR with the Meraki Community are a two-way road. Whereas the Networking groups undoubtedly profit from superior warning of rising threats, the Safety operations groups acquire invaluable community insights from the Meraki portfolio.

Prolonged Detection and Response (XDR) is a instrument for correlating and making use of analytics on discrete safety alerts from varied management factors in a company’s safety stack. Whereas XDR traces its origins as an Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) extension, it has advanced to incorporate integrations with E mail protection, Firewall visitors, Cloud safety, and Identification-based intelligence.

Nevertheless, many organizations miss the connective tissue linking these disparate safety control-points: The Community. Monitoring community connections natively as a part of XDR’s correlation course of permits organizations to “join the dots”, one thing that many safety groups wrestle to do. By partnering with Meraki units, Cisco XDR can leverage knowledge about community connections to fill-in-the-blanks between safety occasions, thus offering visibility into lateral motion and assist monitor the development of an assault. Add to this knowledge from current Cisco XDR and Third-Occasion integrations as properly the Cisco XDR Community Visibility Module, and a blurry image comes into sharp focus.

Whereas the Meraki MX portfolio is the inaugural Meraki household of merchandise enabled through this integration, future improvement will embody Meraki Switching (MS) and Meraki Wi-fi (MR) household of merchandise. This similar carefully built-in however loosely coupled mannequin can even be prolonged to Catalyst networking portfolio, making safety constructed into Cisco networks a actuality.

What capabilities are being delivered at this time?

Since most of our readers have busy eyes, here’s a bulleted checklist of capabilities which might be being delivered as part of this integration:

  • Connection between a Meraki Group (inclusive of kid Meraki Networks) to a Cisco XDR tenant, utilizing an ‘simple button’ course of
  • Agentless streaming of Meraki MX community telemetry knowledge (NetFlow) to XDR cloud in real-time
  • Cisco XDR detections primarily based on Meraki MX logs, and correlation of these with findings from different knowledge sources accessible to Cisco XDR
  • Offering Meraki directors, the power to evaluate, assign, and modify the standing of an XDR Incident type inside the Meraki dashboard. Incident investigation is enabled through a cross-launch into Cisco XDR
  • Actual-time Risk Looking and Investigation of Meraki MX safety occasions Cisco XDR, and enhancement of XDR Asset Insights context primarily based on Meraki Methods Supervisor supplied machine attributes

The place can I be taught extra?

Go to the Cisco XDR and Meraki areas at Cisco Stay 2024 Las Vegas from June 3 to June 6 to be taught extra and consider a dwell demo of this functionality. Please contact your Cisco safety or Meraki gross sales representatives or companions for enrolling within the non-public preview of this functionality beginning in July 2024.


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