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IT Security, a Continuous Challenge!

The truth: security breaches happen somewhere inside the company. It can be a small one, like a single infected computer, or it can be a massive loss of data. Causes / events can be multiple, but the reaction of companies tends to be quite the same in different situations. Managers of IT departments meet to find out the cause of the problem, with IT engineers assuring themselves that such an incident will never happen again. Their response to finding a solution is shaped by a budget request for new software and hardware. Most of the time, however, the final result is generally money spent and security at most "improved".    

As we probably all know, much of the information control in a company is owned by computer systems (PCs, laptops, processors, smartphones, etc.). Therefore, any company needs the protection of the whole set of systems it manages. 

In order to prevent various types of attacks, Cisco proposes a comprehensive solution capable of coping with these types of threats, so that any company that uses such a solution is fully protected from attacks, information theft, malware threats, etc. 

The product proposed by Cisco is a Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) - the first of its kind in their portfolio - and is called the FirePower Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA).

This equipment provides contextual recognition and dynamic control, necessary for the automated threat assessment. 

Cisco, can offer integrated network protection with the Cisco ASA Products from 5500 Series, with the following features:

  • Application Management 
  • Intrusion Prevention system (NGIPS) 
  • Advanced Antimalware Protection (AMP)

The three functionalities ensure the protection of computer systems in the network at all times - before, during and after an attack has taken place. 

Cisco's NGF solution provides superior multi-level protection, thus far beyond the ability of other NGFW products offered by other vendors. 

To date, most manufacturers have only focused on policy and application control, and they are not able to identify and eliminate zero-day attacks - attacks that exploit an unknown vulnerability in an application. 

Among the advantages provided by this solution, the following can be mentioned:

  • It is able to identify and provide user-level control, used mobile devices, URLs, vulnerabilities and threats
  • Administration can be done either through the Command Line Interface (CLI) or through the graphical interface (GUI)
  • Can provide detailed reports.

The major benefit brought by Cisco to organizations is that by adopting this solution, they can reduce operational costs and the complexity of security architecture, integrating multiple functionalities into a single product; So it is possible to reduce the number of maintenance, licensed equipment and last but not least to save space and energy consumption. 

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