Cisco adds a firewall, upgrades security

Security is the name of the game at Cisco’s Partner Summit gathering this week with the rollout of a new firewall and added data-loss prevention (DLP) and passwordless authentication features to its security wares. 

On the firewall front, Cisco announced the Secure Firewall 3105 it says is built specifically for hybrid workers and small branch offices. 

Available early next year, the 1U 3105 supports 10Gbps throughput, 7Gbps IPSec throughput and 3,000 VPN peers. The box is the new low-end for the Secure Firewall 3100 family, including the 3110, 3120, 3130 and the high-end 3140, which supports 45Gbps throughput.

The family supports either Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) or Firewall Threat Defense (FTD) software and can be deployed in firewall and dedicated intrusion-prevention system (IPS) modes. 

The firewalls integrate with Cisco IPS, Cisco Cloud Web Security, Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE), and Cisco TrustSec, Cisco stated.

Cisco is now offering Cisco Lifecycle Pay for Secure Firewall, a Cisco Capital fixed-term subscription plan to provide a financial incentive to upgrade firewalls. Customers can receive a 10% replacement incentive when returning firewall hardware and upgrading to Cisco’s latest qualifying firewall, the company said.

To help with DLP, Cisco has upgraded its Umbrella cloud-based security that stops current and emerging threats over all ports and protocols. It blocks access to malicious domains, URLs, IPs, and files before a connection is established or a file downloaded.

Cisco said it has added policies and reporting features to Umbrella across

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