Cisco, Sygate Grab Attention at RSA

SAN FRANCISCO -- With security hardware and software in the spotlight, networking giant Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) looks to continue its investment in the space -- while small startups such as Sygate Technologies Inc. continue to draw interest as potential acquisition targets.

Here at the RSA Conference show yesterday, Cisco fit a number of pieces into its security jigsaw with a slew of announcements regarding its Self Defending Network strategy. In plain English, this means coordinating security across internal networks and end-point devices such as firewalls and routers. Cisco’s new announcements include an SSL VPN Concentrator product, regarded by some analysts as its most important addition.

Just to confuse matters, Cisco also embarked on a security spending spree, snapping up a plethora of smaller, specialist vendors (see Cisco's Security Spree Continues).

Get the details on Cisco's moves at NDCF.

Speaking of security specialists and potential acquisitions, startup Sygate Technologies could be a potential target for one of the major security players, according to analysts.

Sygate, along with a handful of other companies, offers an emerging technology known as Network Admission Control (NAC). Essentially, this is a software that enforces security policies across a range of devices such as firewalls and switches. The technology can also coordinate anti-virus, spyware, and denial-of-service products from a number of vendors.

Read more about Sygate at NDCF.

— James Rogers, Site Editor, Next-Gen Data Center Forum

Iipoed 12/5/2012 | 3:26:31 AM
re: Cisco, Sygate Grab Attention at RSA SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sygate Technologies, Inc. and Foundry Networks(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: FDRY - News), a performance and total solutions leader for end-to-end switching and routing, demonstrated enterprise security enforcement by integrating Sygate's Network Access Control solutions with Foundry's high-performance Ethernet switches. The interoperability demonstration is taking place at the RSA Conference 2005, held in San Francisco this week. By working together, Sygate and Foundry are showing how to increase security of corporate LANs by ensuring that endpoints are in a trusted state before gaining access to the network.
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