Cisco Systems Inc. has recently announced the launch of its new artificial intelligence assistant, designed to enhance cybersecurity measures by providing advanced data analysis, policy recommendations, and automated task management. Known as the Cisco AI Security Assistant, this innovative service […]
Cisco Systems Inc. has recently announced the launch of its new artificial intelligence assistant, designed to enhance cybersecurity measures by providing advanced data analysis, policy recommendations, and automated task management.
Known as the Cisco AI Security Assistant, this innovative service marks a significant step towards making AI a prominent feature in the Security Cloud, Cisco’s unique security platform. The AI assistant aids users in making informed decisions, augmenting their tool capabilities, and automating complex tasks.
This new offering aims to address the growing need for improved cyber defense in organizations, as cyberattacks continue to rise. Ransomware attacks, in particular, have seen a steady increase, accounting for 20% of Cisco Talos Incident Response engagements this year. Furthermore, sophisticated attacks on network devices, especially from state actors, have also witnessed a surge over the past year, necessitating the adoption of scalable machine defenses.
The AI Security Assistant has been trained on what is claimed to be one of the world’s largest datasets focused on security. It analyzes over 550 billion security events daily across the web, email, endpoints, networks, and applications. The assistant can classify events, assess their impact and scope, conduct root cause analysis, and design policies, all with the goal of bridging the gap between intent and outcomes in cybersecurity.
During the Cisco Live conference in Melbourne, Australia, the company also unveiled additional new products. One of the highlights includes AI-powered firewall policy assistants and an AI-powered Encrypted Visibility Engine for all firewall models.
The AI-powered firewall policy assistant simplifies policy management and maintenance by allowing administrators to interact with the system using natural language to discover policies and receive rule recommendations.
The new Encrypted Visibility Engine, available on all Cisco Secure Firewall models as part of the operating system 7.4.1, addresses the challenge of inspecting encrypted traffic. Leveraging AI, this feature detects potential malicious programs in encrypted traffic without the need for decryption. By utilizing billions of samples, including isolated malware patterns, it determines whether encrypted traffic is carrying malware.
“To be an AI-powered enterprise, you need to be a data-driven enterprise,” said Jeetu Patel, Executive Vice President and General Manager for Security and Collaboration at Cisco. “With our extensive telemetry data, Cisco is uniquely positioned to provide cybersecurity solutions that empower enterprises to confidently operate at a machine level, augmenting what humans can do on their own.”
Guest analyst Zeus Kerravala provided his analysis of the announcements, stating that the new offerings from Cisco provide valuable advancements in cybersecurity, leveraging AI to tackle complex challenges.