Networks in brief

Short takes from this week's networking news

Short takes from this week's networking news


Frost & Sullivan throws doubt on PBX security

Analyst firm Frost & Sullivan has questioned the suitability of IP-based communications as a replacement for PBXs. It said that as the internet was prone to serious security vulnerabilities, IP-based communication would struggle against conventional telephony, which provides 99.99% reliability. "As end-users give little importance to the underlying network, IP functionalities need to have a quality of service on a par with or better than traditional telephony networks," said Frost & Sullivan in a Technical Insights report.

Fortinet firewalls win level four certification

Fortinet, which offers network-based anti-virus firewall systems for real-time network protection, has attained Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 4 Augmented certification for its Fortigate Antivirus Firewalls and Fortios firmware.

Performance pressure anticipated by 71%

Seventy one per cent of IT departments are expecting increased pressure this year to improve application performance and cut networking costs. The Global Applications Performance Survey of 100 IT departments found that 66% needed a strategic approach to network optimisation and 65% said buying bandwidth is a short-term solution to improving network efficiency. The survey was sponsored by Wan performance specialist Peribit Networks.

Top Layer ships Attack Mitigator anti-virus

Top Layer Networks, a provider of performance intrusion prevention products, is now offering anti-spyware and anti-virus in its flagship Attack Mitigator IPS 5500 intrusion prevention family. The product offers protection from spyware and e-mail viruses. By providing protection directly within the IPS 5500, Top Layer said it can help firms stop emerging cyberthreats and allow enterprises to fulfil data confidentiality compliance requirements.

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