Cisco Systems plans to announce new intrusion-protection software and firewall enhancements, next week.
They include functionality designed to lower IT staffing costs by drastically reducing false or irrelevant system-intrusion alarms.
Cisco officials said a major upgrade, Cisco Intrusion Detection System (IDS) 4.0, would accompany the rollout of new Cisco Threat Response technology that was aimed at reducing incidents of false intrusion alarms by 95 per cent. The company would also announce upgraded management features for IDS 4.0, as well as an intrusion-detection sensor appliance and a second-generation version of the IDS software for its Catalyst 6500 switch.
In addition, Cisco would upgrade the software for its PIX Firewall appliances and unveil a virtual private network accelerator card that it claimed should provide performance improvements of up to 400 per cent on networks that use the Data Encryption Standard and other specifications.
Cisco bought the Threat Response technology as part of its acquisition of Psionic Software in October.
Threat Response, the improvements included in IDS 4.0 and the other features were examples of Cisco's continued efforts to improve its security capabilities, an analyst at The Yankee Group, Zeus Kerravala, said. By acquiring Psionic and other vendors, Cisco had been able to put together a network security "ecosystem" that rivals such as Nortel Networks and Alcatel could not match, he said.