The updated Cisco Pix firewall 4.0 hardware and software package continues the networking company's push into security territory staked out by the likes of Check Point Software Technologies and Raptor Systems.
New enhancements to the firewall include a Microsoft Windows NT-based management tool that allows network administrators to manage firewalls dispersed across a network from a central location. An address translation feature protects client identification by representing all traffic coming out of the firewall to public network users, as originating from a single Internet Protocol (IP) address.
Cisco also announced that overnight shipping company DHL will roll out 60 Pix firewalls across 40 worldwide locations. The firewall will be deployed at DHL's Internet connections and will be managed centrally at its Burlingame, California, Network Control Center using Windows NT-based management software.