Cisco unveils latest security offerings

Cisco Systems announced 14 security products and services that include an important revision to its security management software...

Cisco Systems announced 14 security products and services that include an important revision to its security management software which supports threat-protection technology.

The Cisco Security Agent (CSA) looks at user behaviour and takes steps to stop actions that a company deems objectionable before they can cause harm, said Jeff Platon, senior director of product and technology marketing at Cisco. 

CSA does not try to match signatures to prevent malicious activities, but it follows behaviours. For example, if a desktop user tried to launch an unusual application, CSA would stop the launch. 

The technology resides on desktops and servers but is supported by Cisco's upgraded CiscoWorks VPN/Security Management Solution (VMS) 2.2, which is also being enhanced to support the Cisco Catalyst 6500 firewall and virtual private network services modules. 

Other announcements included a one-touch router-lockdown capability and intelligent wizards for configuring firewall and IPsec VPN services on certain Cisco routers. 

Jeff Wilson, an analyst at Infonetics Research, said the Cisco announcements showed it was focusing on many areas of security. 

Cisco has "quietly insinuated" itself into the security market, winning $1bn (£609m) annually for devices with security software installed, he said. 

Matt Hamblen writes for IDG News Service

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