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Originally posted by sir_chancealot
I'm going to solve the problem. Ready? Here goes.
QUIT BUYING CISCO PRODUCTS!
See how easy that was? Cisco does one thing superior to other vendors. If you have a maintenance contract with them, they will ship you out a new product no questions asked. That's it. That's all that Cisco offers that's above what other companies offer.
Some years ago, their products were actually slower performing than other manufacturers of the same product. (I don't know if this is still true or not).
Other companies make products that are just as good. If the only way they can justify buying it is "Cisco has 80% market share", someone is getting a kickback. First, because it's not true, and Second, because "No one ever gets fired for buying IBM" should never be a justification for a purchase.
Originally posted by jankopernik
It SHOULD be common practice to remove all default settings from a network device and ensuring all settings are configured to your network needs prior to installation, not blindly pulling a device out of the box and pligging it into your network. This would remove any potential security vulnerabilities to some extent.