Authored by Steve Nowell, Cisco Buyer Supply Safety Architect
Securing the NFL’s premier occasions just like the Tremendous Bowl LVII in February and extra lately their Draft, brings a lot of distinctive cybersecurity challenges. The Tremendous Bowl is likely one of the most-watched sporting occasions on the earth, with 115 million viewers this yr. The Draft can be huge, with greater than 300,000 folks attending in Kansas Metropolis in April. Cisco is each an Official Cybersecurity Companion of the NFL and a sponsor. Given the gravity of those premier NFL occasions, our relationship, and the enticing goal they characterize to risk actors, Cisco has no margin for error – none. This community merely should be safe and accessible, particularly contemplating the belief the NFL has chosen to place into our folks and safety merchandise. It’s Cisco’s duty to make the NFL safe. And we’ve got…
Cisco Buyer Expertise (CX) led the way in which for the second yr in a row, planning, designing, implementing, and working our safety resolution on behalf of the NFL. From an operational standpoint, Cisco is the eyes of the NFL, working intently with them as their safety analysts and threat-hunters. Two and a half years for the reason that engagement started and with 4 occasions behind us, CX has grow to be an extension of the NFL’s group. With direct interface to NFL cybersecurity management, the 32 golf equipment, and different NFL companions, we’re not a bit participant in preserving these occasions safe; Cisco CX is a trusted accomplice. “Cisco CX’s depth and breadth of expertise in understanding the dimensions of and securing our surroundings from threats ensured that we had been well-prepared forward of Tremendous Bowl LVII,” stated Tomás Maldonado, NFL Chief Data Safety Officer. That stated, it isn’t solely CX however all of Cisco, together with Safe enterprise unit and Talos Risk Intelligence, coming collectively as one unified expertise.
Whereas our safety design varies from event-to-event, the Cisco Safe merchandise used to help them have been fixed. On the basis is our Cisco Safe Firewall deployed in a number of venues (we’re chargeable for securing the NFL at extra than simply the occasion), Cisco Safe Firepower Administration Middle, Cisco Umbrella DNS Safety, and Cisco Malware Analytics. The latest inclusion at this yr’s Draft was our lately introduced Prolonged Detection and Response (XDR) resolution, a key risk investigation platform sitting on prime of the safety stack. It performs a crucial position, being the glue binding collectively the safety telemetry from all of our safety merchandise, designed to speed up risk detection and response. The tight integration between all of those Cisco merchandise proves the adage of the whole resolution being higher than the sum of its elements – it’s actually the case.
An fascinating story from the Draft is the place we deployed our resolution, in entrance of an NFL broadcast accomplice with their very own firewall, to make sure visitors coming out and in was totally inspected to dam threats earlier than inflicting hurt. Because of this, we had been in a position to catch safety threats missed by the published accomplice’s firewall because of our Safe Firewall, powered by Talos Risk Intelligence. Merely put, we blocked threats they didn’t.