Cisco Secure Application Delivers Business Risk Observability for Cloud Native Applications


Built on Cisco’s Full-Stack Observability Platform, the Cisco Secure Application provides organisations with intelligent business risk insights to help them better prioritise issues, respond in real-time to revenue-impacting security risks and reduce overall organisational risk profiles.

Cisco announced the availability of Cisco Secure Application (previously Security Insights for Cloud Native Application Observability) on the Cisco Full-Stack Observability Platform, enabling organisations to bring together application and security teams to develop and deploy modern applications securely. The latest release of the Cisco Secure Application helps customers securely manage cloud-native and hybrid applications.

In the race to deliver seamless digital experiences, IT teams have experienced an increased need to shift to modern, distributed applications. Still, according to a recent Cisco study, 92% of global technologists admit that the rush to innovate and respond to customers’ changing needs rapidly has come at the expense of robust application security during software development.

This has exposed companies to security vulnerabilities and threats, with larger attack surfaces and gaps in their application security layer caused by siloed teams struggling to gain visibility and the right business context to prioritise vulnerabilities. As a result, organisations are reporting an explosion of security incidents in the modern environment, putting customer data and the reputation of their business at risk.

To help organisations secure cloud-native applications, the new Cisco Secure Application offering — now available on Cisco’s recently launched Full-Stack Observability Platform — arms customers with expanded visibility and intelligent business risk insights across cloud environments, empowering businesses to prioritise better and respond in real-time to revenue and reputation-impacting security risks and reduce overall organisational risk profiles

Cisco Secure Application integrates with Cisco’s industry-leading security products and enables customers to:

  • Locate and highlight security issues across application entities, including services, workloads, pods, containers and business transactions, and isolate them at speed.
  • Prioritise issues with a business risk score that combines application performance data and business impact context from Cisco’s Cloud Native Application Observability with real-time vulnerability detection and security intelligence from Cisco’s security products to identify which business transactions present the greatest risk.
  • Accelerate response time to security incidents with real-time remediation guidance, complete with prescriptive actions to prioritise and address the most impactful security vulnerabilities. 

“Application security has never been a more pressing priority for businesses, and traditional vulnerability scanning solutions simply don’t provide the information that teams need,” said Ronak Desai, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco Full-Stack Observability and AppDynamics. “An organisation’s ability to quickly assess risks based on potential business impact, align teams and triage threats is entirely dependent on understanding where vulnerabilities exist, the severity of those risks, the likelihood they will be exploited, and the risk to the business of each issue. This business risk observability can help IT professionals understand and prioritise those risks and is uniquely delivered by Cisco. The availability of Cisco Secure Application on the Cisco Full-Stack Observability Platform is a critical next step in our commitment to providing customers with the tools they need to deliver unmatched and secure digital experiences across hybrid and multi-cloud environments.” 

“The successful digital infrastructure must operate as a concert — not as a collection of separate products, providers, and people. This requires all components — from core to edge, from network to applications, from on-premises systems to public cloud and communications services — to work as one to deliver the best digital experiences,” asserts Mark Leary, Research Director, IDC. “Cisco’s extensive domain experience across hybrid and multi-cloud environments and comprehensive full tech stack oversight positions the company well to help customers bring application observability, security intelligence data, and business risk observability together. Combined, they give customers access to the critical information they need to make smart decisions about their application security.”