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LAN switches feature embedded Layer 2-7 security

Posted: 07 Jul 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Foundry Networks? SecureIronLS? secure LAN switches?

Foundry Networks Inc. has announced the new SecureIronLS secure LAN switches, touted to be the industry's only LAN switches with embedded Layer 2 to 7 security for enterprise-wide protection against internal threats.

According to the company, these switches are designed to be deployed as a security value-added alternative to traditional LAN switches in the distribution layer as an internal firewall, or at the edge as personal firewall with direct desktop and server connectivity. The secure LAN switches promise comprehensive admission, access and usage control for all traffic flowing to and from the edge of the network, and combine deep application level inspection to contain threats before they propagate throughout the LAN.

Foundry said these LAN switches are designed for the new enterprise networks where pervasive mobility, wireless and convergence have rendered traditional perimeter-only security models meaningless. The SecureIronLS family features switches with a choice of port configurations, including high-density 10-/100Mbps and gigabit-over-copper (GoC) options with fiber Gigabit and 10GbE uplinks. The family now includes compact two-rack unit (2RU) switches for space constrained wiring closets and small-scale server farms. New high-performance models feature the company's new-generation security processor technology that promises multiple gigabits per second throughput performance for inside LAN security applications.

The new LAN switches promise complete security throughout the life of network access by users, devices and flows with authentication, access control, and intrusion/anomaly detection and prevention. The switches authenticate device and user credentials prior to granting network admission and access, and use secure Web transactions to authenticate the user against enterprise user databases, including remote authentication dial-in user service, lightweight directory access protocol and active directory. SecureIronLS switches may optionally be equipped with a hardware SSL acceleration module to scale the performance of secure Web authentication to a large number of users.

"Organizations are rapidly adopting IP and Web technologies for all business-critical applications and communication services with mobility, wireless and VoIP edge networking solutions as the foundation at the edge," said Gopala Tumuluri, director of product management for Foundry Networks. "These new technologies and networking models are expanding the traditional perimeter to the internal LAN and forcing the need for application-intelligent security requirements inside the network."

"Our SecureIronLS secure LAN switch family is designed to seamlessly integrate into the enterprise network to deliver comprehensive security from edge to core at an affordable premium to traditional LAN switch costs," Tumuluri added.

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