Monday, 11 July 2016

Skyport Systems Interoperability with Cisco ACI Extends Trust Boundary from Root-of-Trust to Network Edge

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Skyport Systems, a leading provider of secure infrastructure to protect organizations’ most important workloads, today announced interoperability between its SkySecure platform and Cisco’s next-generation Software Defined Network (SDN) solution -- Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). The combination of these technologies gives networking and security teams the application-layer and system-level security and policy controls needed to extend the trust boundary from a system-level root-of-trust to the network edge; simplifies adds, moves and changes and helps ensure consistent application of policy and governance regardless of assets’ physical or logical locations.

 This combination also mobilizes security policies, enabling them to follow workloads throughout their lifecycles, and lets users deploy and maintain secure administrative workstations, jump hosts and multi-zone DMZ architectures as an integral part of an overall security framework. The granularity of the policies applied to each workload is refined and raised above traditional network and transport policies to include application-layer capabilities such as web application firewalling, Microsoft Active Directory threat analytics, trusted computing validation and full-flow analytics capture.

SkySecure was built to manage the complexities of today’s IT realities with a converged system that brings together zero trust compute, virtualization and a full stack of security technologies. It logs all traffic at a forensically auditable level, enabling users to see where traffic originates, where it is headed, whether it was allowed or not, what policy allowed or blocked it, and when and who put that policy into action. Remote management capability allows users to easily secure branch infrastructure without firewalls, proxies, MPLS or other security measures.

ACI is Cisco Systems’ next-generation SDN solution incorporating application profiles for the integrated management of virtualized network functions, whether the functions are deployed purpose-built hardware, physical servers, virtual servers, or container-based micro-services. The ACI solution is comprised of Cisco Nexus 9000 switches, a policy controller called the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC), and the ACI operating system.

“SkySecure interoperability with Cisco ACI extends policy inward to the root of trust, providing truly end-to-end application-layer security for all assets, no matter where they are deployed,” said Art Gilliland, CEO of Skyport Systems. “This builds on the work we’ve done to secure Microsoft Active Directory and other highly valuable resources, and furthers our mission to help organizations ensure security of their most critical IT assets.”

For more information, visit Skyport Systems at booth 1721, i12 at Cisco Live! 2016. Register for a demonstration of the solution described above here:

About Skyport Systems

Skyport Systems delivers a remotely managed platform that establishes a secure enclave for the enterprise’s most critical applications. Skyport Systems’ SkySecure is the first turn-key and security-embedded platform in the commercial marketplace to re-architect compute, security, and virtualization into a single technology stack, keeping data on-premises and mission-critical IT and assets safe. Skyport is funded by Sutter Hill Ventures, Intel Capital, Index Ventures, GV, and Cisco Ventures.

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