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Cisco introduces new security features

Date: October 19, 2005

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO.O: Quote, Profile, Research) is adding security features to its network switches and wireless products, in the networking gear maker's latest push to sell software to help corporations combat spyware, worms and viruses.

Cisco already sells security software for its routers, which allows businesses to add a layer of security to their Web-based networks, which are often used by far-flung workforces. On Monday, Cisco said it is now selling the software for its switches, which companies often use in simpler local area networks within their own buildings.

The expansion of the security features to business' internal networks also includes wireless access points, which corporations are increasingly installing on their campuses.

The software is designed to protect corporations from computers and mobile devices which may have been infected through use outside of the office, as well as from outside attacks against the network itself.

The software, which Cisco sells under the brand name Network Admission Control, has proven to be a popular add-on for Cisco's corporate clients, who are wrestling with a wide range of security threats. The technology has also allowed Cisco to expand into the lucrative area of security software.
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