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Cisco security partners become competitors
Cisco's recent acquisition of e-mail security firm IronPort for US$830 million has pushed the networking giant into direct competition with MessageLabs as well as traditional antivirus vendors such as Symantec, McAfee and Trend Micro.The technology acquired allows Cisco's hardware to better deal with threats from e-mail and Instant Messenger applications, but pits it against its security partners.
Cisco customers have a 'hygiene' problem
Cisco's customers are not accustomed to regularly updating the operating system on their network hardware, which has left many of them with a 'hygiene' problem when it comes to security, according to Cisco's chief security officer John Stewart.According to Stewart, Cisco's customers have not had to deal with the problems traditionally associated with operating systems like Windows, Linux and Mac OS, which regularly require patches to fix newly discovered security issues.
Cisco losing battle to 'censor' researcher
Cisco's lawyers are sending out cease and desist notices to Web sites that have published a controversial presentation by ex-Internet Security Systems (ISS) employee Michael Lynn that exposes the potential dangers of a flaw in the network giant's router operating system.The presentation was given by Lynn at the Defcon conference in Las Vegas last week, despite legal threats from Cisco and ISS.