Study shows security risk of ATM, Frame Relay nets

Corporate enterprises - along with application service providers, ISPs, and others - will spend about $60 million this year trying to fix security problems associated with ATM and frame relay networks, according to an upcoming report.

The Yankee Group soon will release a new study blowing the whistle on ATM and frame relay vulnerability -- a "dirty little secret" of the industry.

Yankee Group analysts claim that security service-level guarantees are not widely available for ATM and frame relay networks, because those networks are notoriously vulnerable.

Trends feeding into these security problems include the industry's increased use of third-party services -- such as benchmarking and network monitoring -- which invite additional users into corporate networks.

Also identified as potential security breaches are private line provisioning, LAN-based network management services, and increased physical access.

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