Chambers urges holistic view of network security

Security issues must be addressed with a broad range of tools that communicate with each other across the network, Cisco CEO John Chambers told the RSA Security conference, in California, US, this month.

  • E-Mail
By  Chris Whyatt Published  February 26, 2006

Security issues must be addressed with a broad range of tools that communicate with each other across the network, Cisco CEO John Chambers told the RSA Security conference, in California, US, this month. In keeping with the all-in-one approach being adopted by future software security solutions Chambers said the networking giant is now taking a “holistic” approach to security and advised that corporations should be viewing the network as an integrated system. “Assume employees are going across a lot of networks,” explained Chambers, who also said that open standards is the way forward in terms of developing security for networks. “So you have to build in security from the home to any number of networks… Sometimes employees are on wired netwo-rks and sometimes wireless networks. So you can’t design security differently for wired or wireless. Security has to happen at the infrastructure,” he stated. In his keynote speech at the conference, Chambers describ- ed how the network has evolved from using ‘pinpoint’ security technology to one that integrates a broad range of tools that communicate with each other. Cisco is now focusing on securing all the applications that live on the network. It released its Security Management Suite product, a new integrated set of security management applications that aim to provide an operational framework for system-wide security policy enforcement and administration. Wrapping all the applications together would eventually evolve into a stronger and cheaper form of delivery for customers too, claimed Chambers. “The next-generation network will be one-sixteenth of the cost of what it is today,” he went on to add. Also at the conference, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates told delegates that the end of the password’s days are in sight. Identified by Microsoft as a weak link in the computer security chain, Gates said that with its forthcoming operating system Windows Vista, he felt the firm finally has the right weapons to supplant the password as a means of verifying which individual is operating computers and surfing the internet.

Add a Comment

Your display name This field is mandatory

Your e-mail address This field is mandatory (Your e-mail address won't be published)

Security code