Cisco launches innovative solution to deliver business risk observability for cloud native applications for its clients

Ronak Desai, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cisco Full-Stack Observability and AppDynamics
Ronak Desai, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cisco Full-Stack Observability and AppDynamics

Cisco announced the availability of Cisco Secure Application (previously Security Insights for Cloud Native Application Observability) on the Cisco Full-Stack Observability Platform, enabling organisations to bring together application and security teams to securely develop and deploy modern applications. The latest release of Cisco Secure Application helps customers to securely manage cloud-native applications in addition to hybrid applications.  

Why is this a timely solution?

In the race to deliver seamless digital experiences, IT teams have experienced an increase in the need to shift to modern, distributed apps, but according to a recent Cisco study, 92% of global technologists admit that the rush to innovate and respond to the changing needs of clients has come at the expense of robust application security during software development.

This has ultimately left many companies exposed to security vulnerabilities and threats, with larger attack surfaces and gaps in their application security layer caused by siloed teams both struggling to gain visibility and the right business context to prioritise vulnerabilities.

As a result, organisations are increasingly reporting an explosion of security incidents in the modern environment, putting customer data and the reputation of their business at risk.  

To help firms secure cloud-native applications, the new Cisco Secure Application offering – now available on Cisco’s recently launched Full-Stack Observability Platform – arms clients with expanded visibility and intelligent business risk insights across cloud environments.

What is the market offering of Cisco’s solution?

This empowers firms to better prioritise and respond in real-time to revenue and reputation-impacting security risks and reduce overall organisational risk profiles. Cisco Secure Application integrates with Cisco’s industry-leading security products and enables clients to:   

  • Locate and highlight security issues across application entities, including services, workloads, pods, containers and business transactions, and isolate them at speed.  
  • Prioritise issues with a business risk score that combines application performance data and business impact context from Cisco’s own Cloud Native Application Observability, with real-time vulnerability detection and security intelligence from Cisco’s security products, to identify which business transactions present the greatest risk. 
  • Accelerate response time to security incidents with real-time remediation guidance, complete with prescriptive actions to prioritise and address the most impactful security vulnerabilities.   

What does the solution mean for the industry?

“Application security has never been a more pressing priority for businesses, and traditional vulnerability scanning solutions simply don’t provide the information that teams need,” said Ronak Desai, Senior Vice President and GM, Cisco Full-Stack Observability and AppDynamics.

“An firm’s ability to quickly assess risks based on potential business impact, align teams and triage threats is entirely dependent on understanding where vulnerabilities exist, the severity of the risks, the likelihood they will be exploited, and the risk to the business of each issue.”

“This business risk observability can help IT experts understand those risks and is delivered by Cisco. The availability of Cisco Secure Application on the Cisco Full-Stack Observability Platform is a vital next step in our commitment to providing clients with the tools to deliver unmatched and secure digital experiences across hybrid and multi-cloud environments.”   

“The successful digital infrastructure must operate as a concert – not a collection of separate products, providers, and people. This requires all components – from core to edge, from network to apps, from on-premises systems to public cloud and communications services – to work as one to deliver the best experiences,” asserts Mark Leary, Research Director, IDC.

“Cisco’s domain experience across hybrid and multi-cloud environments and full tech stack oversight positions the firm well to help customers bring application observability, security intelligence data, and business risk observability together. Combined, they give clients access to the critical information they need to make smart decisions about their application security.”