Cisco, Anti-virus Vendors Team on Network Security

Sean Donelan sean at
Tue Nov 18 20:08:45 UTC 2003

As part of Cisco's Self-Defending Network Initiave Cisco has announced a
new product which relies on "the Cisco Network Admission Control program
is innovative software developed by Cisco called the Cisco Trust Agent
which resides on an endpoint system and communicates with the Cisco
network. The Cisco Trust Agent collects security state information from
multiple security software clients, such as anti-virus clients, and
communicates this information to the connected Cisco network where access
control decisions are made and enforced. Cisco has licensed its Cisco
Trust Agent technology to Network Associates, Symantec and Trend Micro so
it can be integrated with their security software client products."

Currently the Cisco NAC software only works with Cisco network equipment
and Microsoft Windows NT, XP and 2000 operating systems.

Without the secret handshake Mac OS, Linux, Solaris and other operating
systems will not be able to connect to a Cisco Self-Defending Network
which limits its usefullness for ISPs.

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