The enhancements will help defend against denial-of-servce attacks
Juniper Networks Inc., the world's second-largest maker of routers, said Wednesday that it's adding security to its equipment. The security enhancements have been highly anticipated since the high-profile denial-of- service attacks struck the Web sites of Amazon.com, CNN, eBay, and Yahoo in February 2000.
Most other Internet hardware makers, most notably Cisco Systems, have been incorporating security into their gear for quite some time.
The security enhancements, which Juniper is calling "J-Protect," include an Adaptive Services Physical Interface Card and a Tunnel Services Module that will provide Network Address Translation and a stateful firewall, as well as network traffic flow monitoring, which is useful for defending against denial-of-service attacks.
The company has also added professional security services to help companies develop best network security practices.
"It's been a trend for some time," says Pete Lindstrom, research director at Spire Security. He adds that the new network traffic monitoring capabilities will let Juniper customers conduct deeper security evaluations. But he'd like to see all network gear manufacturers do more, adding that, "They ought to be working to commoditize intrusion detection by building it into the network."
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