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ConSentry Locks Down LANs

Security startup ConSentry Networks Inc. is taking aim at local-area network (LAN) security with its first products and customers, announced today (see ConSentry Targets LAN ).

ConSentry, which recently clinched $17 million in Series C funding and lured a number of executives from Juniper Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR), Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), and Extreme Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR), took the wraps off its CS-2400 and CS-1000 devices, which it claims offer perimeter-style security within the LAN.

Both products are 1U high and support, respectively, up to 1,000 and 200 users, according to ConSentry. Firms deploy the products in front of their switches to control access by internal users. The goal is to limit the spread of virus and worm attacks within the network.

ConSentry, which has developed its own ASICs for the devices, claims its gear is an alternative to costly and complex LAN security deployments involving a range of different products.

Continental Airlines Inc., for example, is already testing two CS-2400 devices in production mode. There’s not necessarily a competing technology out there,” says Andre Gold, the airline’s director of information security. “Up until this point there weren’t any cost effective solutions.”

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