IPS tips the balance

3Com has said it will integrate its intrusion-prevention system (IPS) features with its network equipment later this year. By integrating TippingPoint's network-based Intrusion Prevention System into its portfolio, 3Com hope to deliver secure, converged networks to the enterprise market.

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By  Jane Plunkett Published  May 26, 2005

3Com has said it will integrate its intrusion-prevention system (IPS) features with its network equipment later this year. By integrating TippingPoint's network-based Intrusion Prevention System into its portfolio, 3Com hope to deliver secure, converged networks to the enterprise market. IPS specialist TippingPoint is now operating as a wholly owned division of 3Com, since being acquired on January 31 this year. A smart move considering industry analysts have been predicting an IPS boom, saying that like other specialised network functions such as firewalls, IPS will ultimately become a commodity available across the board. 3Com’s network switches will respond to commands from its TippingPoint Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) that sits in-line with traffic, inspecting packets to Layer 7 at wire speed and throttling or blocking suspicious traffic. The technology will let customers quarantine attacks by shutting down switch ports and redirecting users to restricted virtual LANs, Kip McClanahan, president of 3Com's TippingPoint division said. The IPS will be packaged in blades that plug into 3Com switches and routers. 3Com has also promised low-end versions of the TippingPoint IPS range aimed at the small-medium business (SME) sector to support networks with less traffic, where 3Com is particularly strong. "So far, TippingPoint is serving mostly Fortune 1000 companies," said Benjamin Perlzweig, 3Com's public relations manager for Europe. "We are now working together with TippingPoint to cater to small and medium businesses, and will see products emerging later on this year." The company is also talking about faster devices for the largest backbone networks as well as planning software upgrades to better secure VOIP.

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