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Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliance
The Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliance received top honors in this year’s contest, winning high scores from readers for breadth of security functions and features, as well as for form factor effectiveness. The UTM also earned points for the depth of security provided by its individual functions, versus a standalone product. Readers also liked the vendor service and support Cisco provides with the appliance.
The Cisco appliance integrates firewall protection, VPN technology, intrusion prevention, content security and unified communications security. It’s designed to stop attacks before they breach the network perimeter, control network and application activity and protect corporate resources. The product features what Cisco calls “context-aware” firewall protection to provide deeper security insight by correlating real-time global threat intelligence with in-depth local network context. The firewall works to determine who is trying to gain access and what content they’re trying to access.
The Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliance also provides fast throughput and high connection setup rates, and its architecture enables customized security services deployment. The product’s remote access capability is integrated with IPS and Web security to ensure secure mobility.
“The UTM market has traditionally been viewed as a niche for SMB due to concerns about performance and best-of-breed functionality. Larger enterprises are becoming more comfortable with multi-function gateways, but what’s generating the most buzz are next-generation firewalls, which combine enterprise firewalls, application controls and intrusion prevention systems -- what a UTM vendor might call UTM-light.”
--Andrew Braunberg, research director, Current Analysis
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