This week on The Cisilion Blog, Sam Furnica – one of our Senior Security Consultants, explores the the six ways Cisco DNA delivers cutting-edge intelligence.

To stay relevant in a digital-first world, networks need to evolve from a highly manual, time-intensive, often static approach to one that’s designed with business outcomes in mind. That’s why I introduce my customers to Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA), a key element in Cisilion’s Innovation Centre Security experiences.

Cisco DNA is based on next-generation technology that supports high-speed analytics, new software capabilities that deliver greater intelligence and an architectural approach that delivers end-to-end visibility, automation and insights. I am frequently asked what DNA can do for a wide range of businesses needs, so today, I’m going to talk through the six ways that Cisco DNA delivers cutting-edge intelligence:

1. An edge that can sense and enforce

The network edge is the first line of defence, where policy is applied to determine who or what has access to your network and to sense suspicious activity-even in encrypted traffic. It takes only one time for a data breach to affect your organisation. With so much potential for infiltration, it’s critical to have a trusted solution to identify and control what gets on the network.

2. Deeper data, faster insights

Done right, the network edge offers a wealth of knowledge about what’s happening in your organisation. The new network, powered by Cisco DNA, gives you granular insight into your users, the devices they use, and the applications they access – all with the ability to learn and adapt to changes and needs in the network.

3. The evolution of automation

More users. More devices. More locations to manage. More of everything means automation is more critical than ever. Network virtualisation helps you manage networks and policies by user type, allowing for quick launches and faster threat detection.

4. Transform mobile experiences

Your organisation thrives on connectivity. Cisco have teamed up with Apple to deliver a better mobile experience built on optimized Wi-Fi and roaming. With the new network, Cisco are making it easy to control and improve customer and employee experiences.

5. Grow at the pace of tomorrow

Designed with the future in mind, Cisco DNA prepares the network to add new functionality and adapt at digital speed. An edge network that’s open and programmable leaves a lot more room for innovation.

6. Innovate. Refine. Repeat.

As increased connectivity becomes the norm, companies are updating their network infrastructure to tap into the opportunities and data insights that come with digital transformation. Cisco is leading the way with continued innovation at the network edge and beyond.

If you’re interested in finding how Cisco DNA fits into your organisation, book a place to attend our DNA Intuitive Network experience in our Innovation Centre where we can discuss and demo the key components of the intuitive network including:

  • Cisco DNA Center
  • APIC-EM controller
  • Cisco Identity Services Engine
  • Cisco Network Data Platform with Network Assurance
  • Cisco DNA-Ready Infrastructure

If you’d like to find out more about Cisco DNA and how Cisilion can help you secure your network, you can book our Cisco DNA Experience in our Innovation Centre to witness Cisco DNA first hand.

CISCO DNA infographic