Monday, May 2, 2005

Cisco Unveils Adaptive Threat Defense Appliances

Cisco Systems announced a family of multi-function security appliances aimed at stopping attacks before they spread through the network.

The new Cisco ASA 5500 Series, which builds on the company's PIX Security Appliance, IPS 4200 Series, and VPN 3000 Concentrator product families, delivers advanced adaptive threat defense services including Anti-X defenses, Application security, and Network containment and control. It provides customers with network-based Anti-X defenses for worm and virus mitigation, spyware/adware protection, network traffic micro-inspection, hacker and intrusion prevention, and Denial of Service (DoS) prevention, all with on-device security event correlation.

The Cisco ASA 5500 Series offers Network containment and control services that provide precise control and segmentation of users, application access and network traffic flows. These include Layer 2-4 stateful inspection firewall capabilities.

The ASA 5500 Series also provides VPN IPSec and SSL services that integrate with the adaptive threat defense technologies detailed above to help ensure the VPN connection does not become a conduit for threats such as worms, viruses and hackers.

Various models of the Cisco ASA 5500 Series scale from 300 Mbps to 650 Mbps.

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