Branch IT security

August 2004
Management Services;Aug2004, Vol. 48 Issue 8, p31
Academic Journal
This article reports on the launch of Crossbeam Systems' C10, an information technology security switch designed for remote and branch offices. It delivers two gigabits of internal or external firewall performance plus up to 150 megabyte per second of Internal Data Store and 50 megabyte per second of anti-virus on wireless access network links, in effect T3-level wire speed content scanning for remote offices. It also has its own integrated security applications at a price that is, claim Unipalm, about half that of competitive single-application products. It forms part of a series of offerings from Crossbeam that form a network-wide security solution for the perimeter, interior and data centre of the corporate network out, now, to every branch office. The switch addresses two specific security issues, secure containment zones and multi-layer perimeter defence. Branch offices can use it as a perimeter security solution to consolidate several security functions, such as firewall and Internal Data Store, into a single high performance platform. And unlike many of its contemporaries, the C10 does not deliver only one ISV application nor does it use several proprietary ones; rather it delivers trusted security from independent software vendors and an option to keep the switches updated automatically with all software grades. Applications it supports include VPN-1 Pro NG, Internet Security Systems, RealSecure Network Sensor, Aladdin eSafe, Secure Computing, SmartFilter, Trend Micro InterScan, and Websense.


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