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3Com Makeover Features Security

CHICAGO Supercomm 2005 – 3Com Corp. (Nasdaq: COMS) will use the Supercomm tradeshow here this week to bolster an image overhaul.

In an effort to get enterprise IT to take it more seriously, 3Com is unveiling a roster of new products based on its $430 million purchase of TippingPoint Technologies Inc. 3Com hopes the new enterprise network security gear will raise its enterprise profile and help shake off its image as a gadget vendor (see 3Com Closes TippingPoint Buy and 3Com's Enterprise Challenge).

3Com is using TippingPoint IPS (intrusion prevention system) devices to add a new network quarantine feature to its switch range. The IPS boxes will be connected to 3Com switches and a security management server, which sets specific security policies. The IPS can detect threats from client software such as Windows XP, then automatically redirect the traffic to a virtual local-area network (VLAN), where it is “quarantined."

"It brings the IPS functionality right to the access switch," says Andy Salo, 3Com's director of product management.

Why not embed IPS security directly into the 3Com switches? "That's conceivable," says Stanley Stevens, 3Com’s senior product manager for switching and routing, "but we haven't announced anything yet."

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