Cisco has updated its TrustSec security software with a new Identity Services Engine (ISE) designed to help network administrators identify rogue devices on the network and lock them down.
The ISE uses real-time updates and contextually aware programming to identify end users devices on the network, and enforce security standards and encryption.
The software identifies each user, whether they are using a corporate system or a personal device, and assigns a security policy based on predefined profiles, but also the context in which it is being used.
"The software looks at the device and locality, the time of day it is used, is certain software on there and then merges all that information into what we call context," Russell Rice, director of Cisco's policy management business unit, told V3.co.uk.
"This gives IT managers the intelligence they need to manage endpoints."
He explained that the rise of devices like the iPad meant a lot more unsecured devices were coming into the network, and IT administrators needed to be able to enforce corporate security policies on them - or at least provide some risk management capability.
For example, if a doctor had taken a break in a coffee shop near his workplace and wanted to access patient records via a mobile device then that could be allowed, based on the network's knowledge of the device used, its location and the type of data requested, he said.
Using the ISE, each device can be assigned a profile, from one already preloaded with the engine or custom-defined by the administrator, and a security policy for that device is enforced. The ISE is also integrated with Cisco Prime management tools.
The ISE is now fully integrated with TrustSec 2.0, and other functions have been added to make it easier for IT administrators to identify and control devices on their networks.
"If you ask the IT manager how many devices are on their wired and wireless networks at any one time they probably won't have a clue," Rice said.
The new TrustSec engine can identify wired and wireless devices on the network and assign security policies on the fly, as well as integrate real-time threat intelligence data from Cisco's SecureX platform to monitor for new threats.
The new software has been in beta testing since November and is now being rolled out by the company over the next 60 days.
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