Cisco is set to make several cloud-related security announcements at the RSA conference on April 21, including the expansion of its hosted security services and the integration of security-as-a-service applications for enterprise network infrastructures, CNET reports. The new products include Cisco Security Cloud Services, Cisco IPS Sensor Software 7.0 for intrusion prevention, and Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance 5500 Series 8.2 software with a botnet traffic filter for identifying infected clients and remote access capabilities. The company uses what it calls "SensorBase," a massive threat-monitoring network overseen by 500 workers in its Cisco Security Intelligence Operations center. The center collects data from 7,000 devices and hundreds of millions of client computers, providing snapshots of activity at different times and locations that can indicate if a large attack is going on. The company also is announcing Cisco SAFE, a security reference architecture that organizations can use as a guideline for deploying security solutions, and the Cisco WebEx Collaboration Cloud for software-as-a-service, a network to provide high performance and security for conferencing, instant messaging, and other group activities…

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