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Monday, May 05, 2008

Net vendors demo improved security protocol

A handful of vendors have demonstrated a technique to help companies more easily secure a rising number of Internet Protocol devices accessing their private business networks.  ArcSight, Aruba, Infoblox, Lumeta Networks and Juniper have demonstrated a new protocol to link to a common security database.  The protocol, called IF-MAP, is at the core of the Network Access Control 2.0 standard just published by the Trusted Computing Group, a broad ad hoc security organization devoted to security.  The new protocol defines a standard interface to a common shared database of who is on a network and what each node is doing.

“NAC 1.0 is key in controlling who gets on the network, but the problem is there are many new kinds of nodes like inventory control devices and robots, and they all have an IP address and so users need to control them,” said Steve Hanna a distinguished engineer at Juniper Networks who co-chairs the Trusted Network Connect committee that developed the protocol.

Posted on 05/05