A firewall acts as a security gateway between a protected customer network and the public Internet.

Examples of threats to today's business networks include:
Unauthorized network or information access
As businesses increase internal network connectivity and collaboration with new customers and business partners, they need to effectively maintain control of their vital assets to preserve their competitive edge and limit corporate liability. New applications can increase business automation and collaboration, but can also open dangerous security holes, if not secured properly.

Decreased employee productivity and wasted bandwidth
Businesses need to effectively control the use of applications, such as peer-to-peer file sharing and instant messaging, which plague many unsuspecting businesses, to improve employee productivity and reduce the costs associated with Internet connectivity.

Unplanned network downtime
Businesses need highly reliable networks that help ensure continuous operations for maximum productivity, including support for planned and unplanned maintenance upgrades. These networks must be able to defend against threats such as Internet-based denial of service attacks or internal sabotage from disgruntled employees or


Firewall provides the security and connectivity services that helps business with:
Controlled access to corporate resources
Prevents unauthorized access to applications or information assets by providing businesses with fine-grain identity- or network-based access control

Business resiliency
Prevents disruption of mission-critical applications and services due to security breaches by implementing world-class firewall, VPN, and networking technologies.

Strong Authentication
Integrates with popular user authentication services such as Microsoft Active Directory (RADIUS), Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), Kerberos, and RSA SecurID.

Secure remote access to corporate network
Provides both SSL and IPSec-based methods of threat-protected VPN connectivity to remote sites, business partners, and mobile workers.

Secure deployment of new applications
Enables businesses to safely deploy new applications by providing advanced application-layer security services for a wide range of popular applications, including Web-based applications, e-mail, voice over IP (VoIP), video, and multimedia applications. Hides corporate network addresses from the Internet for an additional layer of protection from attack.


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