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February 22, 2017

Cisco adds firewall Firepower to its cybersecurity arsenal

Cisco claims that the next-gen firewalls have been proven to be the most effective on the market.

By Tom Ball

Cisco has announced the Firepower 2100 Series Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW), designed for businesses with high volumes of sensitive transactions.

The software is designed to protect against cyber-threats without affecting the performance of critical business functions. This problem will be tackled by the incorporation of a scalable architecture.

The product also aims to make improvements to throughput of up to 200 percent so as to prevent bottlenecks from the internet edge to the data center. Throughput refers to the speed at which data can be sent through a computer’s components.

Cisco is also simplifying the management of security portfolios for businesses, monitoring from the device to the cloud by enhancing the tools used for threat defence. These tools include the Device Manager, Management Center and the Defence Orchestrator.

The Cloud Defense Orchestrator is intended to provide a simplified, cloud-based system for policy management. The function of this platform is to deploy organisation-wide policy in a consistent way.

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The Cisco Firepower 2100 is a family of four threat-focused NGFW security platforms. The four platforms are numbered 2110, 2120, 2130, and 2140, and they deliver throughput ranges from 1.9-8.5 Gbps, for enterprise use cases from the Internet edge to the data center.

David Ulevitch, Vice President and General Manager, Security Business Group, Cisco said: “The Cisco Next-Generation Firewall have been proven to be the most effective on the market, but we also know that businesses everywhere are struggling with a number of factors, including lack of talent and expanding attack surfaces, which can impact the effectiveness of even the best solutions. The New Cisco Firepower 2100 Series addresses these challenges, making it easier for enterprises to manage their architecture and ensure that they have the best performance at all times.”

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