Nortel Networks has joined forces with security software company Symantec to bolster the embedded security in its network hardware solutions.
The move follows a similar deal between Cisco and Trend Micro earlier this year.
A Nortel spokesman said, "To deliver a trustworthy network, we must change the way we have traditionally set up security within our networks, moving away from ‘networks with security’ to ‘fully secured networks’, where security is embedded throughout the entire network."
Nortel said it would combine the best of Symantec’s internet security expertise with its own network security solutions. Nortel has also launched new enterprise products designed to enhance access security for remote workers.
The products are also designed to instantly shut down and isolate threats from anywhere within a user’s networks.
The security functionality and management is similar to what Cisco is aiming to achieve with its "self-defending network" strategy it launched in spring 2004.