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3Com Lays Plans For Security Play

3Com Monday outlined its strategy for integrating security features into its networking product lines.

Under an initiative dubbed Pervasive Network Security, 3Com plans to overlay security elements, such as VPN, firewall, and intrusion detection and prevention technology across its networking portfolio.

"Security must permeate the entire network, not just at key points - which tends to leave much of the network and its various points of connection unguarded and untouched," said Anik Bose, vice president of corporate business development and strategy at 3Com, Marlborough, Mass., in a statement.

The vendor's security strategy also includes the development of purpose-built appliances, such as its OfficeConnect VPN Firewall and Secure Router products introduced in October for small and home offices.

3Com plans to develop the security technology in-house and through partnerships with security vendors.

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