Cisco IDS gets faster

Tuesday, 7 May 2002, 2:44 PM EST

Cisco has boosted the speed and added better management capabilities to its line of intrusion detection products.

Designed for high bandwidth networks, the Cisco IDS 4250 is the firm's first appliance which can work at Gigabit speeds. Along with the high end box, Cisco has introduced an appliance geared to the needs of medium sized companies (the Cisco IDS 4235 - which can work at up to 200Mbps) and a software revamp.

The increased speed makes the appliances capable of monitoring traffic on high-speed intranets and service provider networks, providing defence in depth from security attacks. Users of slower speed products have to use low balancing across a range of IDS servers, an approach that has a higher cost of ownership, Cisco argues.

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