Microsoft and Cisco to team up for security in Vista/Longhorn

By Justin Mann on
It's an omen of various sorts when a company that made their name on security and a company that many believe took security as a joke decide to team up. Microsoft and Cisco will soon being working together to create a layer of interoperability between two different standards, namely Microsoft's NAP (Network Access Protection) and Cisco's NAC . The latter, Network Admission Control, is a suite of security protocols implemented by Cisco at various levels to provide things like automated worm control, QoS, et cetera. The basic premise is to allow a next-gen Windows machine to more easily integrate into a secured network:

The goal is to provide single sign-on to a network for machines running Longhorn Server and Windows Vista, and to give third parties building applications with a security component the simplicity of a single programming interface. Interoperability will also mean customers can deploy Cisco's NAC now and upgrade to NAP once Windows Longhorn Server ships, Microsoft said.
While I wouldn't exactly go so far as to say this is a good thing, any collaboration from Microsoft's part to become more active in a security role is a good thing, both for companies and end users.

Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...
Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.