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Cisco Boasts New Wireless LAN Architecture is Secure by Design

Networking vendor Cisco Systems is detailing a new integrated wireless network architecture this week the vendor says will remove the data insecurity typically associated with wireless LANs.

In this announcement Cisco has wrapped up their various security products into one tested and certified bundle, but doesn't offer anything specifically new. Cisco must be feeling the pressure, as the announcement heavily emphasizes their "Self-Defending Network" wireless IDS/IPS functionality, an integrated product feature. Their competitors, save Aruba, have all partnered with specialized WIDPS vendors such as AirDefense, AirMagnet, AirTight, and Network Chemistry, but Cisco clearly maintains that they can do it alone.
Frank Bulk
NWC Contributing Editor

Designed around the company's Self-Defending Network framework, Cisco says having security tightly coupled with the Cisco Secure Wireless Solution design gives organizations the level of protection they need to secure wireless data. Additionally, Cisco claims the solution's architecture delivers the elements businesses need to meet federal regulatory standards, including Sarbanes-Oxley and industry directives such as the Payment Card Industry (PCI) standard.

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