Protecting a Network Using Quality of Service

You might not consider QoS a security mechanism, but having the ability to control the flow of particular traffic minimizes the impact that malicious traffic will cause. Implementing QoS requires a detailed understanding of the applications running on your network. When known applications can be given the appropriate bandwidth and priority, and other traffic is given a small portion of bandwidth with very low priority, network impacts will be minimized.

For additional information on QoS, see the Cisco Press book titled End-to-End QoS

Network Design.

QoS may be one of the least-used security methods, but it provides a very effective means to control how much and which type of traffic you want to allow. When you are considering how to effectively implement security policies, don't forget about QoS.

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