Cisco unity

Cisco has released the ASA 5500, which is a converged threat mitigation and VPN device, in a bid to simplify network security. The device is also designed to cut security costs in the enterprise.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  May 9, 2005

Cisco has released the Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) 5500 series. Cisco created the ASA 5500 to address both the growing dangers of network threats and the increasing costs and complexities of protecting networks against those threats. Cisco says the ASA 5500 series is the industry's first full-featured, converged, multi-function network security device. The ASA encompasses the industry-leading capabilities of Cisco's firewall, virtual private network (VPN), intrusion prevention, and network anti-virus technologies. By unifying these technologies on a single, low-cost platform, Cisco says it has made it operationally and economically feasible for its customers to deploy comprehensive security to more points on their networks. Scott Pope, manager of security and VPN product marketing for Cisco, says rapidly escalating networking security concerns have spurred an increasing array of security devices. Cisco says network managers simply cannot deploy a full assortment of products to every node of a network, especially small sites such as remote offices. Purchasing and maintaining so many devices has been a great strain to budgets, staffs and networks. “One customer put it best by telling us his network was collapsing under the weight of all the security appliances he now had to manage,” says Pope. Pope says Cisco customers also told his team they liked using firewalls but they wanted them to do more, basically stop more bad traffic-such as worms, viruses and unwanted applications from passing through their network perimeters. “So our customers really like the idea of boosting their security, but they want to do that with as few devices as possible,” adds Pope.

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