The Lippis Report Issue 21: Microsoft and Security – A Sleeping Giant Is Awakened

September 25th, 2003

“Microsoft Security”. Since the advent of the Windows OS, this term has been as much of an oxymoron as “jumbo shrimp”, “profitable startup” and “political ethics”. All kidding aside, Microsoft has had more than its share of challenges in securing its operating system and application environments, announcing new exploits and/or vulnerabilities with such frequency as to create the “patch of the week” club.
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The Lippis Report Issue 20: The New Perimeter – The Security Services Switch

September 20th, 2003

Enterprise networking has long been a game of cyclical expansion and contraction: network architectures and applications are centralized, then distributed; connectivity is aggregated, then segmented; equipment is aggregated, then separated; you get the picture. There are several factors that drive these cycles, including new protocols, architectures and product categories.
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The Lippis Report Issue 19: Transmission Security: Navigating Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

September 14th, 2003

Enterprises constantly struggle with a number of transmission-oriented issues. IT managers are always working to control the costs of wide area networks amid growing business dependence on the WAN ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú a sizeable task even in the face of decreasing access and long-haul bandwidth prices. In addition, enterprises are faced with the challenge of providing connectivity to corporate resources for a growing number of partners, suppliers and remote employees, as well as customers. In many cases, enterprises are looking to leverage the Internet to extend the WAN. Oh, and I almost forgot ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú they need to accomplish all this securely.
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The Lippis Report Issue 18: Enterprise Network Security Architecture: The Four-Tier Model

September 2nd, 2003

Enterprise network security is fundamentally changing the network landscape. Security services used to be an afterthought, as was network management. But security services have taken front and center in the purchasing decisions of network infrastructure. Point of fact: Merrill Lynch decided to go with Avaya´s IP Telephony solution rather than Cisco´s due in large part to security concerns.
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