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Endpoint security: As easy as flipping a switch?

Most efforts to improve endpoint security focus on corporate policy enforcement, intrusion prevention systems and network access control software. But now one vendor is taking a different approach.

ConSentry Networks of Milpitas, Calif. wants to address the problem through network switching. The company calls its new technology “secure switching” and says its 24-port gigabit Ethernet platform can provide endpoint security as well as application-level, user-based controls.

ConSentry is taking the switching approach because most LANs are have no built-in control, said Michelle McLean, the vendor’s marketing director. The rationale is that any security technology will not be as effective as it could be if its network infrastructure has no built-in security component.

The switching platform, demonstrated at last month’s Interop conference in
Las Vegas, is called LANSheild CS-4024. It will be available in late summer with a $5,995 price tag.

Colin Steele

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