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April 2007

Secure Remote Access

GOLD | Cisco VPN 3000 Series Concentrator Cisco Systems Price: $2,995-$45,000 Cisco's VPN 3000 Series Concentrator continues to lead the secure remote access market, not only in the number of products shipped but also in customer satisfaction. "Cisco has become like IBM used to be in the computer industry--its products are viewed as the best choice because users know the company's future is rock solid," says Zeus Kerravala, vice president for enterprise computing and networking at the Yankee Group. Cisco scored well with readers in four areas--authentication support; end user transparency and ease of use; investment ROI; and extensibility. Authentication support has become an important issue in securing transactions, and warding off identity spoofing. "Cisco has been one of the companies leading movement to NAC (Network Access Control), which promises to make it easier for enterprises to authenticate remote users," says Pete Lindstrom, a senior analyst, Burton Group. NAC authenticates and checks on the health of systems as they ...

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