Cisco Systems has bolstered its “self-defending network” technology by forging a stronger alliance with security software company Trend Micro.
Cisco has been working on solutions that help networks to protect themselves for a number of years, and its latest offering is an incident control system.
The incident control system allows administrators to respond quickly to security threats by automatically distributing intrusion-prevention system signatures to Cisco devices.
Trend Micro’s threat outbreak intelligence and virus signature data will support the system, which works with Cisco’s incident control server middleware to distribute the up-to-date protection to network devices.
The alliance with Trend Micro started around two years ago when Cisco chose the company to supply anti-virus solutions.
Cisco has also upgraded its Cisco intrusion protection system to version 5.1, which can support up to 255 VLans using a single interface.
A VLan allows companies to govern different parts of a network with different network policies and rules.