August 3rd, 2005
Over the past several columns I´ve talked about the broad and deep changes Trusted Networking is having on corporate networks. As a reminder, Trusted Networking is restructuring the IT security and networking industries as they embed access control, threat defense and containment, plus risk mitigation deeply into the network fabric. This restructuring has been taking place for some years but is now entering an accelerated pace as the rate of partnerships and acquisition activities increase. All the major enterprise players such as Cisco, HP, Nortel, Extreme, Foundry, 3Com, Enterasys, et al., have security programs as top corporate strategic initiatives and priorities. In addition to the large enterprise players, there are hundreds of security appliance companies focused on their niche in the Trusted Networks market such as Lockdown Networks, Crossbeam Systems etc. Traditional players such as Checkpoint, Symantec, Trend Micro, McAfee, CA and many others are aligned and partnered with one or many of the large enterprise players. All of the major service providers now offer managed firewall, VPN and IDS/IPS services. But for one company in particular ?¬¢‚Äö√á¬®‚Äö√Ñ√∫ Juniper Networks ?¬¢‚Äö√á¬®‚Äö√Ñ√∫ it is hard to tell if it will indeed be a factor in Trusted Enterprise networking.
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