Cisco, Anti-virus Vendors Team on Network Security
Cisco announces partnerships with several anti-virus vendors to license the company's new Trust Agent technology to help enforce network access control policies.LAS VEGASCisco Systems Inc. on Tuesday announced partnerships with several anti-virus vendors to license the companys new Trust Agent technology to help enforce network access control policies. The partnership is part of a new program at Cisco, called Network Admission Control, that is designed to help prevent unprotected devices from connecting to corporate networks. In the first phase of the project, Cisco will license the agent to Symantec Corp., Network Associates Inc. and Trend Micro Inc. The AV vendors plan to integrate the agent with their virus-protection and other security offerings.
Conspicuously absent from the list of partners is Computer Associates International Inc., which announced its own partnership with Microsoft Corp. at Comdex here Tuesday. As part of Microsofts Protect Your PC campaign, CA has agreed to give home users of Windows free copies of its eTrust EZ Armor AV software as well as a personal firewall. Users will get the AV software free for one year.