Router Security: The Value of Integrated Security in a Router
What You Will Learn
While easy access to the Internet and the ability to connect your employees, customers, and business partners can positively affect productivity and profitability, they also put your business in the path of network security risks. Cisco has merged best-in-class network security technology with more than 20 years of routing expertise to redefine network security and provide you with the protection your company needs.
Security functions embedded in your router:
Network security breaches can occur from a wide range of sources, including your own networked PCs and servers. New worms and viruses are targeting network endpoints. Also, the speed and sophistication of network security breaches and destructive attacks continues to increase. Threats blending Internet worms, viruses, and Trojan horses spread around the world in minutes, resulting in widespread intrusions and costly damage. This is of particular concern to companies like yours, which often have limited IT resources to combat these challenges.
Cisco helps you build self-defending networks that can identify, prevent, and respond to network security threats, so your business is protected. An important component of the Cisco Self-Defending Network is the integrated services router. These routers give you data, voice, video, and other advanced services, including security, all in one device.
Value of Integrated Security in the Router
Cisco embeds network security into the hardware of every integrated services router. In addition, Cisco IOS Software security features offer additional protection.
Integrating Cisco IOS Software security directly into the router offers many benefits:
Many third-party point product security solutions protect specific aspects of the network, but few solutions can secure all points in your network in the way that the Cisco portfolio of security solutions can.
Integrated services routers offer three categories of protection based on the Cisco Self-Defending Network:
As our customers seek to secure all entry points into their networks, Cisco is enhancing our security portfolio to dramatically improve the ability of a network to identify, prevent, and respond to threats.
Our integrated services routers deliver the industry's most comprehensive and adaptable security solutions. Instead of adding hardware, Cisco IOS Software lets you use new integrated security features on your routers and apply those security functions anywhere in the network. Our routers help protect all entry points into your network and defend against attacks targeted directly at your network foundation. Finally, these routers are particularly suited to small companies like yours that want to minimize the number of operating systems and devices you need to manage with limited resources.
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