From Cisco, self-defense weapons for networks

On Monday Cisco is coming out with new features for its routers. These features will protect networks from viruses/worms. If you remember a while back Cisco started working with the top three anti-virus software companies. Network Associates (McAfee), Symantec (Norton), and Trend Micro.

Cisco is taking the next step in making its vision of a "self-defending network" a reality.

On Monday, the company plans to announce new capabilities in its routers to help protect corporate networks from viruses and worms, two sources close to the company confirmed on Friday. The release is the first phase Network Admission Control (NAC), a collaboration program between Cisco and antivirus companies. Through this program, Cisco has developed technology with three antivirus specialists--Network Associates, Symantec and Trend Micro--that will let Cisco's networking products communicate with antivirus products.

Devices running NAC technology will allow network access only to compliant and trusted endpoint devices, like PCs and PDAs (personal digital assistants). NAC can also restrict access of noncompliant equipment. This decision can be based on information about the endpoint device, such as its current antivirus state and operating-system patch level.

News source: C|Net News.com

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