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07 December 2007, 15:59

Cisco's new security architecture

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Networking hardware vendor Cisco has introduced its "Trusted Security" (TrustSec) security architecture this Thursday. It aims to deliver integrity and trustworthiness to network traffic, especially for companies with a mobile workforce.

At the heart of the architecture is a role-based access control mechanism. It ensures that specific identity-based security policies can be applied to all mobile and wired devices and paths. Authentication is handled by a central policy engine.

LAN data is encrypted to ensure integrity and confidentiality, and TrustSec is also designed to prevent data theft. The concept is called Data Leakage Prevention.

In co-operation with Intel and Ixia, Cisco intends to achieve interoperability with other vendors' products. From now on, Cisco's TrustSec switches and Intel's Ethernet controllers will support IEEE 802.1AE, and test lab Ixia will integrate 802.1AE-compliant encrypted line cards into its test products. Customers will thereby be able to test Cisco's TrustSec switches.

From 2008, Cisco intends to integrate its TrustSec functionality into the entire switching platform. Further information about the security architecture is available on Cisco's company website.

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