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Cisco teams up to nail worms

Cisco has developed a security service with Trend Micro that's designed to cut down on the spread of worms and viruses.

The new service, called the Cisco Incident Control System (ICS), will help administrators set network security policies on Cisco hardware based on information provided by antivirus vendor Trend Micro.

Once a serious threat such as a worm or network virus is identified, Cisco ICS will provide policy-based threat mitigation services across a Cisco network, providing an additional layer of protection for corporate assets and help to ensure continued business operations during an attack.

The new offering utilises 'outbreak intelligence' and virus signature distribution from Trend Micro's TrendLabs. Yet, like most antivirus offerings, it won't be able to do much to prevent zero-day attacks, which are based on exploits for which definitions are not yet available.

One of the major issues for users is likely to be how much faith they put in a service like ICS to ensure that whatever policies it implements doesn't cause applications to crash.  For that reason, ICS will have a 'rollback' feature, allowing administrators to uninstall the security policies should they cause business critical applications to crash.

That's a bit like taking an antibiotic, then finding you're allergic to it!


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