CA adds antivirus, antispyware to Cisco NAC program

Computer Associates International (CA) said on Wednesday that it was joining a Cisco Systems program to harden enterprise networks against attacks by enforcing security policies on computer hosts that attempt to access network resources, the company said in a statement.

As a member of Cisco's Network Admission Control (NAC) program, CA will integrate its recently purchased eTrust PestPatrol Anti-Spyware software and eTrust Antivirus products with the Cisco Trust Agent, a software client that communicates the security status of NAC-enabled applications on a host machine to Cisco routers and switches that control network access.

Announced in November 2003, the Cisco NAC program is part of Cisco's Self-Defending Network strategy and was developed jointly by Cisco and antivirus companies McAfee, Symantec and Trend Micro. The program addresses the security risks of remote and mobile computer users connecting to corporate networks with software that allows Cisco routers to evaluate information, such as whether particular computer's antivirus definitions are up to date and its operating system is adequately patched, before allowing it to connect to a network.

Cisco and its partner companies unveiled the first round of NAC-compliant products in June.

The Cisco Trust Agent Version 1.0 is integrated with the Cisco Security Agent, a software client for servers and desktop systems that provides integrated firewall, intrusion detection and content-based security. The Trust Agent collects information from security software clients including antivirus clients and relays that information to Cisco devices on the network, Cisco said.

CA is allowing customers to test beta versions of the PestPatrol and eTrust Antivirus products with Cisco Trust Agent, CA said.

A number of other software products support the Trust Agent as well, including McAfee's VirusScan Enterprise 8.0i and 7.x products and Trend Micro's OfficeScan Corporate Edition Version 6.5, Cisco said.

CA will continue working with Cisco to integrate other eTrust products into the NAC framework, CA said.

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