Internet service providers face many threats from both inside and outside the walls of their infrastructure. Both DSL and Cable Broadband providers have their own unique security risks, because of the inherent difference in their technology and architecture. This paper discusses the risks that everyone faces along with ways to mitigate the exposure and resulting damage from such an attack while keeping a focus on how Cable providers face these threats. Despite their slipping market share in router sales to Juniper, Cisco remains the largest provider of outers, which are used to provide the framework for the internet . Because of the large role Cisco routers play in the infrastructure of the internet and the nature of the protocols these routers use; it has placed a large target on them from hackers wanting to exploit their inherent vulnerabilities.
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