How A Firewall Makes Your Network More Accessible – And Invulnerable [Cisco]

From business to politics, it’s a given that openness tends to create opportunity, while tighter central control tends to bolster security.

Take your network. You naturally want to promote increased productivity and an exchange of ideas by making it more accessible to your partners, suppliers or customers. But doing so runs the risk of exposing proprietary business information and confidential data, inappropriate use of company resources and productivity loss – not to mention the very real threats of worms, viruses and malware.

For most enterprises in the Internet era, striking the right balance between openness and security can mean the difference between success and failure for a variety of endeavors. When it comes to networks, it really is possible to mitigate the high cost of risk with effective and reliable traffic control – providing stateful traffic inspection to restrict unwarranted traffic while maintaining the integrity of business-critical traffic. In other words, a firewall. Find and implement an integrated and manageable  firewall solution to do this and your company can go a long way to maintaining the kind of secure, reliable network environment essential to today’s interconnected business.

With its rich feature set, simple deployment and relative low cost, Cisco IOS Firewall’s single, software-based platform is an obvious choice for businesses looking for both the openness that can keep operations agile and competitive, as well as the robustness and scalability that will keep their network secure.

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