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Safe products will now include a small-office firewall, upgrades to intrusion-detection software and a router module designed to help virtual private networks (VPNs) scale by 60%.
Cisco's offerings include Pix 501, a smaller version of its enterprise firewall Pix 5 with a four-port Ethernet hub. The firewall is designed for use by individual telecommuters and remote offices with 10 to 50 users.
The 10-user version of the 501 firewall will be priced at $595 (£405), while the 50-user version will cost $1,195. Both systems will be available by the end of September.
Cisco also plans to add a host-based intrusion-detection system called IDS Host Sensor to its security product line-up. The application is aimed at extending the software's ability to analyse and detect intrusion attempts from within an enterprise. Conover said that Cisco's current intrusion-detection system had lacked adequate host-based functionality and that the new system should fill the gap.
Cisco also announced plans to offer a VPN accelerator add-on module for its 7100 and 7200 Series routers. Priced at $5,000, the integrated network Layer 3 compression technology is designed to enable routers to scale up to 5,000 concurrent VPN sessions, an increase of 60% compared to non-accelerated VPNs.