Switches are assuming the role of network medics

As part of the CCNA course that we deliver at Tipperary Institute, we cover switches. Mainly we focus on VLAN creation, membership and intervlan routing. It seems that in the future we will also have to consider virus control.
Security innovations being built into switches are attracting attention from buyers who not long ago focused primarily on feeds and speeds.
Network executives say they need all the help they can get to cope with today’s threats. They are eager to use new switch-based security schemes – such as the ability to quarantine viruses and enforce policies – being touted by Alcatel, Cisco and Enterasys Networks, among others.
Switches taking on new security roles

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