Cisco expands its range of firewalls with the Secure Firewall 3105

on 02/11/2022, by Michael Cooney, IDG NS (adapted by Jean Elyan), Security, 785 words

California-based hardware manufacturer Cisco launches Secure Firewall for hybrid workers, adding data loss prevention and passwordless authentication to security products.

Security is in the spotlight this week at the Cisco Partner Summit (1AhemNovember 3), with the launch of a firewall and the addition of data loss prevention (DLP) and passwordless authentication features to its security products. As for the firewall, the OEM has announced a Secure Firewall 3105, designed specifically for hybrid workers and small branch offices. Available early next year, the Secure Firewall 3105 (in 1U form factor) supports 10 Gb/s throughput, 7 Gb/s IPSec throughput, and 3,000 VPN peers. This box is the new entry-level appliance in the Secure Firewall 3100 family, which includes the 3110, 3120, 3130, and the higher-end 3140, which supports 45 Gb/s throughput.

The 3100 family supports internal Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) or Firewall Threat Defense (FTD) software and can be deployed in firewall mode and dedicated intrusion prevention system (IPS) mode. The firewalls integrate with Cisco IPS, Cloud Web Security, Identity Services Engine (ISE), and TrustSec, the vendor said. The OEM is now offering Lifecycle Pay for Secure Firewall, a term subscription plan from Cisco Capital, as a financial incentive to upgrade firewalls. Customers can receive a 10% replacement discount when they return their firewall hardware and upgrade it to the latest Cisco qualifying firewall, the company also said.

Umbrella strengthens its DLP

To help prevent DLP data loss, the San Jos firm updated Umbrella, its cloud-based security system that blocks current and emerging threats across all ports and protocols. Umbrella blocks access to malicious domains, URLs, IPs, and files before a connection is established or a file is downloaded. Cisco has added policy and reporting capabilities to its system across out-of-band DLP and real-time inline DLP to make it easier for security teams to track and manage DLP. This out-of-band DLP feature will initially support Cisco WebEx, Google Drive and Microsoft 365, said Jason Gallo, vice president of OEM Global Partner Organization. And we plan to add additional support for other apps soon. Reporting and policy capabilities are consistent between out-of-band DLP and real-time inline DLP, which Gallo says is unique to Cisco products.

The vendor has implemented Duo passwordless authentication, with support for biometric authentication, including Windows Hello, Mac touch I, and others. Passwordless authentication reduces the risk of phishing attacks and your ability to use stolen passwords or, as we’ve seen more recently, user fatigue with multi-factor authentication (MFA), said Dave Lewis, CISO of Global Consulting at Cisco. As cyberattacks move ever closer to end users, adopting low-friction authentication methods alone to ensure trusted users and devices exclusive access to business applications and resources represents a huge challenge. he added. According to Cisco’s Duo Trusted Access Report 2022, also released at the conference, Duo customers have enabled biometrics on 81% of mobile devices.

Multi-factor authentication is a must

Here are some other results from 49 million devices, over 490,000 unique apps, and approximately 1.1 billion monthly authentications across Duo’s customer base: Percentage of accounts enabling browser-based WebAuthn authentication has increased by 50% % and the use of WebAuthn has increased fivefold. from April 2019; a growing number of authentications are attributed to cloud applications, with a 24% increase in the percentage of cloud applications in 2022; remote access authentications peaked in 2020 but have since dropped below pre-Covid-19 levels; Less than 1% of companies implement explicit deny or allow policies based on geographic location, but 91% of those that do block either Russia or China, and 63% block both.

Finally, there is a trend to require multi-factor authentication for all access, not just access to resources that have a material impact on the business, as was the case a few years ago. Multi-factor authentication can reduce risk to all resources and streamline security operations.

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