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Cisco launches managed security services with predictive analytics

Cisco's Service Program Partners can now tap Managed Threat Defense managed security services for their customers.

Keeping the promise it made to partners at Cisco Partner Summit 2014 held last month, the vendor today launched its Managed Threat Defense service and fleshed out details of the security offering.

Available for sale by Cisco Service Program Partners (CSPPs), Managed Threat Defense (MTD) is a managed security service that uses real-time, predictive analytics to detect attacks and protect against advanced malware threats across a company's network.

In alignment with Cisco's Internet of Everything (IoE)-connected enterprise that brings together people, process, data and things, MTD targets securing the extended business network that spans cloud, mobile, social and IoE, according to the company.

At Cisco Partner Summit, the vendor promoted driving increased services revenue for partners. The company identified IoE as an accelerator of that opportunity for partners going forward.

Cisco also noted the shortage of security experts available to staff in-house IT teams as a ripe opportunity for partners to exploit, together with MTD. The 2014 Cisco Annual Security Report estimated that there will be a global shortage of more than a million security professions in 2014 alone.

CSPPs rely on Cisco's worldwide network of expert-staffed security operations centers to monitor the service and provide incident response analysis, escalation and remediation recommendations.

In a recent blog post, Bryan Palma, general manager and senior vice president of Cisco Security Solutions, recommended customers focus on their business and what they do best, and let Cisco partners and security experts handle the quickly changing security threat landscape using MTD managed services.

MTD is an on-premises hardware, software and analytics solution that monitors, captures and analyzes threats. According to Cisco, the system protects against attacks that are not seen by antivirus products; leverages Hadoop 2.0 to apply predictive analytics to detect anomalous patterns in a customer's network; uses pattern analysis and investigation to identify know attacks and vulnerabilities against both Cisco proprietary and community threat intelligence data; provides incident tracking and reporting via a subscription-based business model; and includes Cisco Advanced Malware Protection, Sourcefire FirePower and Cisco Cloud Web Security.

MTD is available in the U.S. and Canada, as well as select Asia-Pacific, Japan and China countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Japan.

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