Cisco unveils industry’s first threat-focused next generation firewall

Posted On 05 Aug 2014
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Cisco is changing the way in which organisations protect themselves against sophisticated threats with the introduction of the industry’s first threat-focused next generation firewall. Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services provides the full contextual awareness and dynamic controls needed to automatically assess threats, correlate intelligence and optimise defences to protect all networks. By integrating the proven Cisco ASA 5500 Series firewall with application control, and the industry-leading Next Generation Intrusion Prevention Systems (NGIPS) and Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) from Sourcefire, Cisco is providing integrated threat defence across the entire attack continuum” before, during and after an attack. Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services is an adaptive, threat-focused next generation firewall that delivers superior multi-layered protection, extending its capabilities far beyond legacy solutions. Until now, next generation firewalls have focused on policy and application control, and have been unable to address advanced and zero-day attacks. Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services changes this dynamic, adopting a visibility-driven, threat-focused and platform-based approach. ‘

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.