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Company's Secure Borderless Networks strategy looks to go beyond VPNs

Another year, another security architecture from Cisco. From Self-Defending Networks to TrustSec and now... Secure Borderless Networks.

As colleague Ellen Messmer reports from the RSA conference in San Francisco this week, Secure Borderless Networks is designed to provide "always on" security for mobile devices and establish controls over cloud-computing applications. Cisco CEO John Chambers himself called cloud security a "nightmare."

The strategy entails enhancements to three Cisco products -- the AnyConnect client, Adaptive Security Appliance and IronPort Web Security appliance -- to have them work in unison to provide an "always on" VPN function and client protection that extends to data-loss prevention, access to cloud-based applications and Web filtering, Messmer reports. One of its main advantages will be in extending those capabilities to mobile devices used by employees, she writes.

The enhanced products for Secure Borderless Networks are expected to be available in the second quarter.

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