Network Security


Network security is any activity designed to protect the usability and integrity of your network and data. It includes both hardware and software technologies. Effective network security manages access to the network. It targets a variety of threats and stops them from entering or spreading on your network.

Cisco Firepower 2100 Series

Cisco Systems in February rolled out a new line of Firepower next-generation firewall offerings aimed at bringing better throughput and protections down to the midmarket. The new 2100 series is focused on bringing ease of deployment, ease of management and performance to the midrange next-generation firewall market, said Dave Stuart, Cisco’s director of product marketing and network security. To do that, San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco has deployed a dual multi-core CPU architecture that allows companies to layer on advanced threat detection and an intrusion prevention system without sacrificing performance, Stuart said. The company said the offering has enabled mid market and commercial customers to consolidate the number of suppliers they’re working with by turning to broader, platform-oriented security vendors like Cisco.

F5 Networks Herculon SSL Orchestrator

F5 Networks in January launched a portfolio of security offerings for partners to complement its application delivery products. The Herculon SSL Orchestrator provides dynamic service chaining and context-based policy management of the traffic flows between network security devices. In doing that, companies can gain visibility into encrypted traffic, better orchestrate traffic, improve performance and detect attacks, said Aldo Dossola, vice president of North American channel sales. Seattle-based F5’s push to bolster its security portfolio is driven by the move away from perimeter security technology and a decentralization of application delivery with the cloud, Dossola said. These shifts are driving customers to leverage F5’s offerings indirectly through their network operations teams .

ForeScout Technologies CounterAct

ForeScout Technologies in June enhanced its flagship CounterAct system with out-of-the-box and customized classification of devices around profiling, taxonomy, segmentation and control policies. The company’s agentless visibility and control offering provides insight into all network-connected devices. The new classifications work for the Internet of Things, operational technology, mobile and virtual endpoints, ForeScout said. The company also unveiled product enhancements around scale and resiliency, expanding its Enterprise Manager to handle more than 1 million devices and failover clusters for resiliency. San Jose, Calif.-based ForeScout also rolled out an enhanced user interface for consolidated visibility, policy management and control. “Our customers rely on ForeScout to see and control everything connecting to their network through our agentless approach to security,

Fortinet FortiGate

Fortinet in April said that it is extending its virtual FortiGate next-generation firewall capabilities with performance to meet both private and public cloud needs. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company revealed that its offerings were now available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace and that it had extended its orchestration and automation capabilities around Amazon Web Services, where it had already been integrated. Fortinet also launched FortiCASB at the end of the second quarter to provide customers and partners with an interface to gain visibility and control over SaaS applications. In addition, the company added new SD-WAN features and functionality to its operating system around centralized management, orchestration, zero-touch deployment, link load balancing and health monitoring, IPSec VPN tunneling, and prioritized business applications.

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