As I speak with more and more customers regarding the management and security of IoT devices, it’s become abundantly clear that integration between various solutions is a critical component that’s often overlooked. That’s why I’m so excited about the Zingbox-Cisco announcement to integrate our respective solutions. Not only does such integration maximize the ROI for customers, it streamlines day-to-day operations not possible with disparate solutions.
Although IoT security is top of mind with many organizations, my discussion with customers often starts with device context. Beyond IP and MAC addresses, do you know what the IoT device is, its manufacturer, model number, and so forth? Any effort to secure IoT devices can become much more precise and accurate once you know all the details about the device.
How does this relate to the Zingbox-Cisco announcement? The integration of Zingbox and Cisco technologies works like this:
- Zingbox IoT Guardian discovers, identifies, and inventories IoT devices through its always-on machine-learning algorithm and shares its contextually enriched actionable device data through Cisco pxGrid with Cisco ISE.
- ISE uses the actionable information about device context to organize devices more effectively into “security groups” and organize the network into IoT context-aware micro-segments.
- IoT Guardian continuously monitors and learns real-time behaviors of IoT devices and generates profiles, tags and ACLs within ISE and TrustSec to implement automatic IoT device onboarding and dynamic access control.
- Using AI-learned normal behaviors of IoT devices, Zingbox IoT Guardian can detect any deviations or compromises, and integrate with ISE, TrustSec or DNA Center for real-time threat detection and containment.
I’m really excited about the integration between Zingbox and Cisco. Part of the excitement is due to the technical innovation and collaboration between the two organizations. However, another key reason is that the announcement marks what I consider to be the first and true integration between IT and IoT. Customers no longer need to deploy separate solutions and resources to manage their IT and IoT infrastructures. They can expand the devices they manage while continuing to use tools with which they are already familiar.