Cisco Systems PIX appliances and software
Cisco Systems' PIX firewall appliances and software finished a close second in this category, earning high marks from readers for its ability to block intrusions, attacks and unauthorized network traffic. Readers also ranked highly Cisco support and service, as well as application layer and protocol controls.
PIX appliances provide enterprises with user and application policy enforcement, attack protection and secure connectivity services. The appliances provide such integrated security and networking services as advanced application-aware firewall services; VoIP and multimedia security; site-to-site and remote-access IPSec VPN connectivity; intelligent networking services; and flexible management components.
Editor's note: On Jan. 28, Cisco announced the end-of-sale and end-of-life dates for Cisco PIX security appliances, software, accessories and licenses. The last day for purchasing Cisco PIX security appliance platforms/bundles will be July 28, and the last day to purchase accessories and licenses will be Jan. 27, 2009. Cisco will continue to support PIX customers through July 27, 2013.