The Lippis Report Issue 47: The New Nortel: A Trusted Networks Player

April 3rd, 2005

Nortel, like so many networking companies, has certainly had more than its fair share of difficulties over the past four challenging years. But in a meeting with Nortel in March, I felt for the first time, in a long time, that Nortel had turned the corner and regained its footing in the enterprise market. Its enterprise revenues are nearly $600M/quarter or $2.4B/yr making it a solid provider of broad-based enterprise network equipment. Nortel has focused on converged networking, security and wireless networks. It has rationalized its product lines, streamlined its operations and sharpened its enterprise message.
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The Lippis Report Issue 46: Interview with Trusted Computing Group co-chairs Ned Smith of Intel and Thomas Hardjono of VeriSign

April 3rd, 2005

Before we start the interview, let me provide a quick background on the Trusted Computing Group and the Trusted Network Connect. The Trusted Network Connect Sub-Group (TNC-SG) consists of networking vendors who are developing specifications for network end-point integrity based on the Trusted Computing Group (TCG)’s integrity model. The TNC is a subgroup working under the broader Infrastructure Working Group (IWG), which is developing specifications for the next-generation infrastructure to support lifecycle of a TCG trusted platform. The TNC is focusing on application of integrity-protection features of the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) in the context of network access control, using the TPM features (such as hardware-based Root of Trust) to establish client and server end-point integrity. The TNC introduces the use of the new concept of Platform Authentication to achieve end-point integrity. Platform Authentication attempts to achieve the TCG goal of improved manageability and asset management.
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