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News | 03/07/2006 5:00 am EST

Secure Network Access Switch unveiled by Nortel
Nortel Networks Corp. released its new secure network access (SNA) switch, which will allow the company’s Secure Network Access (SNA) solution to be applied to the enterprise LAN as well as the remote VPN applications that it already serves. The SNA solution provides endpoint security by requiring devices trying to access the network to comply with a common set of security policies. "Many security risks to today’s enterprise networks come from internal users unknowingly introducing malicious viruses to the network due to a lack of updated security measures," said Nortel’s general manager of enterprise data networks, Atul Bhatnagar, in a news release. "Enforcing endpoint security within the enterprise LAN is just as important as ensuring secure access with remote VPN users." The switch acts as a security gateway that coordinates a single security policy across the network, working with VPN routers and gateways and Ethernet routing switches.

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