Cisco adds new features to security products

Cisco Systems today announced significant new capabilities for enhanced collaboration among several products and services in its security portfolio.

The company said these capabilities will simplify the ability for organizations to control and contain information security threats in a more coordinated, flexible fashion across networks while streamlining management and protecting confidential communications to remote users.

The collective enhancements involve Cisco’s Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)6.0, Cisco Security Agent (CSA)5.2, Cisco Security Mitigation Analysis and Response System (CS-MARS)4.3, Cisco Security Manager (CSM) 3.1 and Cisco’s Secure Sockets Layer virtual private network.

The company said the enhancements mark the latest evolution of Cisco’s Self-Defending Network – a comprehensive framework incorporating various endpoint and network security products into an integrated, collaborative and adaptive security solution for organizations of all sizes.

Cisco said the new releases strengthen its approach to coordinated defense by extending beyond the typical standalone nature of these product classes and establishing a vital relationship between the network and its endpoints. This helps ensure that all potential entry points can be protected in a coordinated fashion.

For example, information-sharing between IPS 6.0 and CSA 5.2 minimizes false positives and helps enable IPS appliances to block threats before they proliferate.

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