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Cisco, Microsoft team up on security

Cisco Systems, Inc. and Microsoft Corp. today announced that the two companies are working to share and integrate t...


October 18, 2004  


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Cisco Systems, Inc. and Microsoft Corp. today announced that the two companies are working to share and integrate their respective security and health assurance technologies.

The two say the goal is to deliver products that will help their mutual customers better address the increased threat and impact of malicious software.

“Safer and assured access to the network is a basic requirement if we are to continue our reliance on technology to support business growth,” said Chris Byrnes, senior vice president at Meta Group, a provider of IT research, advisory services and strategic consulting.

“Having a single consistent way of establishing connectivity is as critical to supporting economic growth via technology as TCP/IP was to the success of the Internet.”

Cisco and Microsoft will share information about their technologies to help drive an approach to solution-compatibility between Cisco Network Admissions Control (NAC) and Microsoft Network Access Protection (NAP), their respective approaches for providing endpoint security and health -policy compliance when accessing network resources.

The companies said they will then work toward interoperability efforts between the NAC and NAP architectures.