Firewall and ips capabilities at every network entry

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Firewall and IPS capabilities at every network entry point help stop worms, spyware, or hacker attempts from penetrating the business network to steal information. Firewalls are also useful in preventing internal users from accessing sensitive information. For example, internal firewall policies can prevent unauthorized employees from accessing finance, human resources, or accounting computers, or from viewing their traffic. Virtual LANs (VLANs) allow businesses to further segment internal communications within their organization. Sensitive financial or customer information can be placed on its own VLAN, logically separate from employee LANs. The Cisco Secure Network Foundation helps businesses meet legal requirements for the security and privacy of customer information by protecting the network from security breaches or unauthorized intruders from inside or outside the network. Control Costs The Cisco Secure Network Foundation helps small and medium-sized businesses control costs in two ways: first, by avoiding the unnecessary costs associated with security breaches; and second, by using multifunction, affordable integrated security components that grow with businesses as their needs change. Integrated security simplifies network management and maintenance costs, reducing the total cost of network ownership. Network security breaches have both obvious and hidden costs. For example, many security breaches, such as relatively innocuous viruses, cause little damage, and the obvious costs associated with them are the time and resources spent cleaning infected business systems. Costs rise with the number of infected systems, making protection and quick detection a money-saving endeavor. Less obvious costs include work time lost while employees’ infected computers are being cleaned. Examples of hidden costs include lost opportunities, lost customers, diminished business reputations, or legal costs associated with security breaches. These costs, while less common, can be substantial. Last year, online crime cost British business £2.4 billion. 2 The Cisco Secure Network Foundation solution helps businesses avoid both the obvious and hidden costs associated with security breaches, reducing business risk, and increasing credibility and customer confidence. Small and medium-sized businesses do not have the staff resources or capital budgets to deploy and maintain complex security solutions. The Cisco Secure Network Foundation is secure, reliable, and simple, helping organizations reduce their total cost of network ownership so they can focus on their business, not on their networks. The Secure Network Foundation easily adapts to changing business needs and security conditions, making sure costs stay in line with business growth. 2 National Hi-Tech Crime Unit
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