Cisco playing it Safe in security sphere

Cisco playing it Safe in security sphere

Cisco has lifted the lid on its blueprint for securing a network, adding two new products to the initiative. The company has flagged its intention not to be known merely as a point product supplier, launching its Safe initiative in the US in September. Cisco has also just completed a seminar series in Australia to bring Cisco's resellers up to speed on the Safe framework that is designed to provide an umbrella approach to securing a company's LAN/WAN and/or VPN.

According to Cisco Asia Pacific field manager Ralf Buettner, the initiative breaks a company's network into separate modules. It then provides guidelines on how to secure each module using a company's existing network infrastructure, activating functions within this infrastructure or adding new devices or software.

To augment this initiative, Cisco will release two firewalls including the Cisco Secure PIX 525. The 525 comes in at around $US22,000 list price with a data throughput of 400Mbps.

Buettner claims the initiative sends a strong message that Cisco has a truly end-to-end solution for network security - and no one else can say that.

"The Safe blueprint doesn't necessarily mean it will increase sales," espoused Buettner. "It does mean Cisco is now taking security very seriously."

But Cisco is looking to significantly grow revenues from its new product offerings. The networking giant will generate around $5 million in sales for the two firewalls in the first year of their release in Australia, said Buettner, and hopes to double that by June 30 next year.

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