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Cisco Security Products: Enhanced Protection for Borderless Networks

Posted by IT-Service on Nov 18, 2014 10:17:00 AM

cisco-securityCisco security products are designed to meet the increasing demands mobile technology and user access requirements put on borderless networks. Implemented devices must support a larger variety of users including guests, contractors, partners, and remote employees from various locations. While access must be provided, these environments create countless security issues for companies. Cisco security products are designed to deliver advanced borderless network protection with the SystemX architecture. This architecture provides distributed policy enforcement for improved protection as mobile workers access the network or in larger virtualized data center environments.

Why is this architecture highly beneficial to companies utilizing a borderless network? Context-aware security implements high-level policies capable of determining who has permission to access items, what may be accessed, where it can be accessed from, and from what device. The architecture provides these among other advantages:

  • Decreased Risk
  • Improved Compliance
  • Better Efficiency
  • Reduced Complexity & Cost
  • Improved Visibility
  • End-to-end Coverage

With Cisco security products, companies are able to utilize the SystemX architecture and combine the necessary components to receive a dependable, protected networking environment. Additionally, these products make it easy to control access on a global level without making management increasingly complex. The product line includes several integrated router and wireless access point choices for meeting business-specific networking objectives.

A Brief Look At Cisco’s Integrated Routers and Wireless Access Points
A traditional router makes it possible to manage network traffic in any business environment; however, the new demands of borderless environments makes these options less ideal. Integrated routers deliver the required connections and intelligence for supporting telephony needs or gaining the additional protection required by many companies today. They provide the security aspects needed for fulfilling numerous access requirements and accomplishing intrusion prevention. Cisco models include these series:

  • 1800
  • 1900
  • 2800
  • 2900
  • 3800

The 2900 series offers beneficial features such as service virtualization capabilities, rich media services, 75 Mbps circuit-speed WAN performance, and is available in a1 or 2-rack unit modular form factor. If you are seeking an entry-level solution capable of a highly secure WAN deployment, then the 1900 series is another option. It is an ideal choice for small offices that require modular flexibility for achieving secure mobility. These Cisco security products can be purchased in refurbished condition to further reduce total cost of ownership without sacrificing performance or safety.

Wireless access points are another Cisco security product designed to deliver fast, reliable connectivity in indoor or outdoor environments. The 3700 series, for example, was the first access point capable of supporting a 4x4 MIMO with three spatial streams. It includes an integrated 802.11ac Wave 1 radio and has a modular design to support wireless security. Aironet wireless access points are designed to meet the growing bandwidth demands experienced by businesses. Cisco offers countless devices to meet business networking objectives and their presence as a global leader in networking technology makes them a safe bet to add to any environment. While reliability is essential, the cost of these items in new condition can be unbearable for some companies. Cisco Certified Refurbished hardware is a viable option for companies desiring to gain powerful, fully-supported hardware at a fraction of the cost.

Topics: IT Hardware