Always vigilant endpoint security
Cisco Security Agent 6.0.2 is the first endpoint security solution that combines zero update attack defense, policy driven data loss prevention, and signature based anti-virus detection into a single agent. This unique blend of capabilities defends servers and desktops against sophisticated zero-day attacks and enforces acceptable-use and compliance policies within a simple management infrastructure.
Zero update protection
Cisco Security Agent is the industry leader in defending endpoints against targeted attacks, malicious mobile code, rootkits, worms, and day-zero attacks. Zero-update protection is critical when addressing brand exploits or variants that take advantage of published and unpublished system and application vulnerabilities. Cisco Security Agent continuously defends critical servers that cannot be taken out of service to apply operating system or application-specific vulnerability patches. This reduces emergency patching of systems in response to vulnerability announcements and minimizes patch-related downtime and IT person-hour expenses.
Data loss prevention
Cisco Security Agent provides visibility and control of sensitive data across all endpoints; protecting against data loss from both end-user actions and targeted malware. Newly added content scanning capabilities detect credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, and customer-defined sensitive data in local files. Access to these sensitive files is audited and policy controls can be implemented to stop malicious data transfers to removable devices or through insecure network applications. Cisco Security Agent offers customizable feedback queries for end-user education and reinforcement of company security policies.
Although behavior-based controls are the primary and most reliable means of stopping malware attacks on endpoints, signature-based anti-virus protection plays a key role in identifying known malware. Newly added signature-based anti-virus increases the confidence that malware can be removed from the endpoint, since it has been identified by name. Additionally, antivirus signatures enable you to comply with regulations that still require this technology.
Compliance and acceptable-use policy auditing and enforcement
Cisco Security Agent's robust policy engine offers compliance auditing and control. Predefined and customized policies are centrally managed for efficient reporting and auditing of activities. Many predefined compliance and acceptable-use policies are available from Cisco.
The Management Center for Cisco Security Agents provides management functions for all agents in a centralized manner. Behavioral policies, data loss prevention, and antivirus protection are fully integrated into a single configuration and reporting interface. Role-based Web browser access makes it easy for administrators to create agent software distribution packages, create or modify security policies, monitor alerts, or generate reports. Each agent operates autonomously and enforces the security policy even if communication with the manager is not possible (for example, if a remote laptop user has not yet connected through the VPN).