Cisco Continues to Beef Up Security
The company launched a raft of security-related products and software enhancements this week.Cisco Systems Inc. on Tuesday continued to deliver on its strategy to integrate security functions across its product line with 12 new offerings that address a range of customers. "This is part of our overall strategy to bring best-of-breed security into Cisco access routers. Customers are looking for a single device with WAN connectivity, routing, (Virtual Private Networking) and firewall functionality, and were bringing that into the access routers," said Paulette Altmaier, vice president and general manager of Cisco access routers, in San Jose, Calif. The integration of security functions within networking devices eases deployment and "reduces security administrative overhead," believes Cisco user David Roessler, director of IS at Quay Corporation, a contract electronics manufacturer, in Eatontown, N.J.
Toward that end, Cisco added a pair of low-end routers for Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) installations that include embedded VPN acceleration. The routers, which start at $350, are part of the Cisco 800 Series and SOHO 90 Series secure broadband router lines. The VPN acceleration offers 10 times the performance of existing Cisco products, according to another Cisco official. Cisco also added plug-in VPN acceleration modules for its 2691, 3660 and 3700 midrange routers. The acceleration modules, which boost performance between five and 10 times, are intended to improve performance for voice and video over IP networks.