Posts Tagged ‘firewall’

An overview of CISCO IOS Security features as related to packet filtering.

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

 The Cisco IOS has many powerful security features that enable network engineers to protect their internal network. The Cisco IOS is capable of intrusion detection, deep packet inspection, and stateful firewall features. Setting up IPS allows the admin to push intrusion detection to the network edge. The Cisco IPS feature set can scan for spyware, viruses, worms, Trojans, and network intrusions by receiving updated signature files from Cisco. If a packet or series of packets matches a particular signature the router can, send an alert, drop the packet, or reset the connection of the offending user. In this way the network engineer can better protect the network by acting on suspicious packets before they can pose a risk to the network infrastructure, another advantage of pushing IPS duties to the network edge is it allows offending packets to be dropped before they take up finite network resources.  In large networks as much as 10 percent of network resources could be consumed by packets that ultimately will be dropped for security reasons deeper in the network. (more…)

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