Cisco beefs up security partner ecosystem for managing BYOD

Cisco's revamped defense ecosystem depends upon partnerships with the likes of IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Splunk, among others.

Cisco is revamping its security ecosystem and support services with a new focus for its Identity Services Engine.

The major motivator here is the "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) trend, spurring the need for IT departments to manage many more digital identities (and their complexities) at a rapid pace.

At the heart of Cisco's additions this week is its new Platform Exchange Grid (pxGrid), a framework built within Cisco's Identity Services Engine that enables multi-vendor, cross-platform sharing across networks.

This framework consists of a single user interface that provides IT managers with visibility across multiple systems with access-controlled sharing.

In order to do enable that kind of collaboration, Cisco has also worked on beefing up industry partnerships.

Cisco reps explained on Tuesday that the objective is to get past fragmented, silo-prone networking solutions and build a platform that can provide open communication between users on different networks.

Thus, Cisco is also introducing its Security Threat Defense Ecosystem, made up of providers of threat defense and security information event management (SIEM) systems.

So far, the ecosystem includes HP ArcSight, IBM, Lancope, LogRhythm, TIBCO LogLogic, Splunk and Symantec.

Cisco said it is planning to tack on more partners in the near future. The pxGrid is now available for early adoption by ISE integration partners with a general customer deployment scheduled for 2014.