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Cisco's 5500 series firewalls get major Sourcefire security overhaul

John E. Dunn | Sept. 23, 2014
Forget the next-generation firewall story, Cisco is telling its customers that the next wave is something that goes far beyond mere application control by integrating intrusion protection and malware detection and control into one box.

He is adamant that this is how firewalls need to be these days. "Next generation firewalls don't threat management."

Interestingly, Cisco quoted Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which was on the receiving end of an infamous 2011 attack, as a potential customer-in-the-making.

"Like any high-profile organisation, Oak Ridge National Laboratory must be diligent about our security strategy because the sad reality is that every organisation is the target of an attack as we saw first-hand in 2011," said Oak Ridge National Laboratory CISO, Kevin Kerr.

"We cannot afford another surprise malware attack to disrupt our operations, which is why we are looking at the next generation of protective tools. Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services is among some of the tools we are considering to help us defend the Lab."


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