Firms combine to offer network threat detection


Firms combine to offer network threat detection

Tash Shifrin

Nortel and Symantec have joined forces to launch a combined hardware and software package aimed at helping businesses identify and stop critical threats to the corporate network infrastructure.

The Nortel Application Switch with Symantec Intelligent Network Protection software is designed to protect networks during the gap that hackers try to exploit between the discovery of a security bug and the deployment of patches to fix the vulnerability.

The package integrates Symantec's intrusion prevention technologies into Nortel's Application Switch. The software includes a security inspection engine, automatic real-time threat protection updates and security content updates backed by Symantec.

IT professionals and security experts have become increasingly concerned about attacks by hackers exploiting unpatched vulnerabilities. In April, Microsoft came under fire for not releasing a fix for the createTextRange bug in Internet Explorer until its regular monthly patching date, leaving users vulnerable to attack.

Oracle has also hit patching problems, with some users still waiting in mid-May for a critical patch to fix 36 security flaws that was scheduled for release in April. Security experts reported that two exploits for the bugs were already in the public domain.

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