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Mar 8 2015   4:32AM GMT

Can Cisco dominate the Next Generation Firewall domain?

Yasir Irfan Yasir Irfan Profile: Yasir Irfan

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Cisco ASA
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Recently Cisco announced threat-focused next-generation firewall (NGFW). Cisco is trying to integrate FirePOWER with Cisco ASA to provide the features of next-generation firewall (NGFW). Only time will say how successful Cisco will be capturing the Next Generation firewall market.

Currently we all know Cisco has a very little presence when it comes to Security products, leaders like Palo Alto, Check point , Juniper and to certain extent Fortinet are making their impact and presence in the firewall world.

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According to Cisco the ASA with FirePOWER Services features these comprehensive capabilities:

  • Site-to-site and remote access VPN and advanced clustering provide highly secure, high-performance access and high availability to help ensure business continuity.
  • Granular Application Visibility and Control (AVC) supports more than 3,000 application-layer and risk-based controls that can launch tailored intrusion prevention system (IPS) threat detection policies to optimize security effectiveness.
  • The industry-leading Cisco ASA with FirePOWER next-generation IPS (NGIPS) provides highly effective threat prevention and full contextual awareness of users, infrastructure, applications, and content to detect multivector threats and automate defense response.
  • Reputation- and category-based URL filtering offer comprehensive alerting and control over suspicious web traffic and enforce policies on hundreds of millions of URLs in more than 80 categories.
  • AMP provides industry-leading breach detection effectiveness, a low total cost of ownership, and superior protection value that helps you discover, understand, and stop malware and emerging threats missed by other security layers.

I do expect Cisco may have some impact on the market share, especially after acquiring Source Fire things may change the trends for Cisco. Cisco is trying to add the rich features and flavors of Source Fire products into its ASA firewall. Once I get an access to their Next Generation Firewall it will be much easier to comment on the services Cisco is offering and can be compared with their competitors.

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