New 3Com switch boosts security, performance

JOHANNESBURG (01/14/2004) - 3Com Corp. has unveiled a new enterprise-class security services switch said to be capable of addressing specific vulnerabilities or blended threats in medium and large organizations.

The 3Com Security Switch 6200 is a security platform that aims to support multiple applications -- such as Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. NG FireWall, 1/VPN-1, Internet Security Systems Inc. (ISS) RealSecure intrusion detection, anti-virus, content filtering, and more.

The 3Com Security Switch 6200 complements 3Com's existing security portfolio by delivering the multi-applications security, performance and reliability required by large enterprise deployments, such as regional or head office networks and data centers, the company says.

"With growing threats from Internet hackers and e-mail viruses, enterprise security has become a business-critical issue," says Chris van Niekerk, MD of 3Com South Africa (SA). "With the new 3Com Security Switch 6200, enterprises now have a truly effective, multiple-service security solution, that is cost- and labor-effective."

The 3Com Security Switch 6200 is aligned with the 3Com "pervasive network strategy" of moving beyond being a provider of point products that reside as network add-ons to be a provider of a security framework that is the network, 3Com adds.

The 3Com Security Switch 6200 is a result of a strategic alliance and original equipment manufacturer agreement announced late last year between 3Com and Crossbeam Systems Inc., a global developer of total security solutions. Under the agreement, 3Com markets, sells and supports Crossbeam's security services switches to enterprise customers under the 3Com brand.

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