Cisco NAC for Mac on the cards?

Cisco NAC for Mac on the cards?

Summary: What could Cisco and Apple be up to on the security front? The two sides are not elaborating but that’s not going to stop the speculation in security circles.

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In a brief statement announcing a resolution of the "iPhone" trademark dispute, Apple and Cisco included this doozy:

"In addition, Cisco and Apple will explore opportunities for interoperability in the areas of security, and consumer and enterprise communications."

What could they be up to on the security front?

The two sides did not elaborate and it might be way too early to get any specifics but that's not going to stop the speculation in security circles.

Some immediate guesses: Cisco could port its security agent to the BSD platform, giving it new (albeit small) market for host-based intrusion prevention technology. Apple has taken such a beating lately with the MOAB and Wi-Fi driver issues, it would make sense to have an IPS partnership to offer to its enterprise customer base.

Cisco and Apple could also work on integrating NAC (network access control) technology with Apple's Airport. That's one sure way to curb the flow of Wi-Fi-related vulnerabilities without having to rewrite all its drivers.

What's your guess?

Topics: Cisco, Apple, Hardware, Security

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  • It will probably be proprietary wireless EAP-FAST support

    It will probably be proprietary wireless EAP-FAST support. If you're wondering what that is, http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-1035-6148557.html. It's a lock-you-in version of EAP that is implemented insecurely the vast majority of the time because of the way they market it.
    georgeou
  • "such a beating..."

    lol, exactly how and where did that happen except in your imagination. Devoid, as in
    void of real content. just give up.
    flintwall
  • I don't think...

    that you should bring up the WiFi issue. The only people who took a beating were the "researchers" who played a little fast and loose with their methodology, and George Ou, who promised 6 months ago to reveal all. Still waiting.
    msalzberg