Stories by Jeff Prince

The stateful LAN: Layer 7 visibility and control

Enterprises have seen an explosion of new applications, devices and classes of users on their LANs, which makes it harder than ever for IT to ensure network performance, secure corporate assets and comply with regulations. In response, next-generation intelligent LAN switches are emerging that are designed to provide stateful, deep-packet inspection up through Layer 7, providing granular user- and application-level controls.

Baking security into switches

Last month, I read about Juniper entering the switch market for the first time and Cisco introducing a new set of data center switches. I'm wondering how these new switches support the idea of building more security into switches.

Fending off VoIP security problems

I'm hearing more about new kinds of attacks on the LAN, such as voice over IP (VoIP) attacks or using printers as a source of attack. How can LAN security help me prevent those attacks?

Is NAC worth it?

I read a lot of conflicting stories about NAC - some very positive and some dismissive. Is NAC over-hyped, or is there value in it?