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Embedding security has drawbacks says TippingPoint chief architect

Marcia Savage

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Brian Smith, chief architect of intrusion prevention company TippingPoint, talks about how security market consolidation will make it easier and less expensive for enterprises to maintain their networks. He discusses how long it will take for this new architecture to evolve, and also explains what he sees as the drawbacks associated with embedding security into switches and routers. Other topics Smith addresses include the future of IPS technology and the status of 3Com's plan last year to spin off its TippingPoint division via an IPO. Smith was a founder of TippingPoint before its acquisition by 3Com in 2004.

  TippingPoint's Brian Smith (10 min) 

  Program highlights: 

  • How will security market consolidation simplify network design and make networks more secure? (0:15)
  • What do you think of the idea of embedding security into switches and routers? (2:47)
  • Can you talk about where the IPS market is headed? (4:43)
  • Last year 3Com announced that it planned to spin off TippingPoint. Can you talk about the status of that? (7:03)
  • How is your zero day initiative going? (8:23)

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