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Cisco security service for networking range

by Nikola Strahija on September 28th, 2005 Cisco is soon going to start selling new security features for its networking products. They’ll include a service it has developed with Trend Micro, designed to cut down on the spread of worms and viruses.

Cisco Incident Control System (ICS) will help network administrators set network security policies based on security information provided by anti-virus vendor Trend Micro, said Joel McFarland, a product manager with Cisco's security technology group.

Cisco had already partnered with Trend Micro to make its worm and virus signatures available via Cisco's Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS), and the companies also are working together on security enhancements for the Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliance, McFarland said.

ICS could save network administrators time by automating router and switch configuration. The service will protect networks from known threats, but it will not be able to prevent "zero-day" attacks, which are based on exploits that have not yet been catalogued by anti-virus companies like Trend Micro.

Administrators will also have to be very careful with ICS in order to make sure that the rules and policies it implements do not break other applications running on the network. ICS will have a roll-back feature just in case security policies cause important applications to fail.

Cisco's other product enhancements include an updated version of the Cisco Security Monitoring, Analysis and Response System that can identify and respond to security threats in remote locations like branch offices. The Cisco Incident Control System will be available next month, with pricing starting at US$9,200.

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