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Cisco Unveils Adaptive Threat Defense

Cisco Systems next week will take the next step toward its goal of self-defending networks, unveiling a spate of new products, software enhancements and services designed to minimize risks by addressing threats at multiple layers of a network.

The products, slated to launch Tuesday at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, span the gamut from desktop-level to switch-level security. They share a common framework: a new approach called Adaptive Threat Defense that simplifies architectural designs and enables tighter control of security devices in the Cisco line.

According to Jayshree Ullal, senior vice president of the San Jose, Calif.-based vendor's security technology group, the new products will fall into three categories: Anti-X Defenses, Application Security, and Network Control and Containment.

"All of these products are under the rubric of providing even more security up and down the network infrastructure," she said. "With them we are one step closer to the goal of a self-defending network."

Topping the new product list is the new Cisco IPS version 5.0, part of the vendor's IPS 4200 series of appliances. This product, which competes with security products from anti-virus vendors such as Symantec, Cupertino, Calif., and McAfee, Santa Clara, Calif., will deliver in-line prevention services with new network anti-virus, anti-spyware and worm mitigation capabilities.

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