Connectivity Briefs: Cisco, ihug, Netgear

Connectivity Briefs: Cisco, ihug, Netgear

Cisco warns of VPN holes

Cisco Systems has warned users of vulnerabilities in some of its VPN (virtual private network) products that could make it easier for hackers to get into secured networks or carry out DOS (denial of service) attacks. The company issued an advisory that detailed 13 vulnerabilities that could affect Cisco VPN 3000 series concentrators. Those devices are designed to provide secure remote access to enterprise resources over public networks. The potential problems were uncovered by customers and through internal testing.

ADSL by ihug

New Zealand-based ISP ihug has launched its first ADSL service and is planning to provide stiff competition to Australian telcos with competitive rates and higher download limits. Local distributor Quadtel has scored the procurement contract for the Alcatel ADSL modems that will be offered to ihug customers under the new deals. The ISP claims it has received over 30,000 expressions of interest in the service, and estimates that it will have at least 15,000 home subscribers and 5,000 small business subscribers within the next 12 months, if all goes to plan.

Netgear appoints SMB exec

Networking solutions provider Netgear has appointed Kimberley Odewahn as its marketing manager for small and medium business, as part of a channel marketing push. Odewahn brings with her six years experience in the IT industry, developing and implementing marketing plans throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Netgear Asia-Pacific managing director Ian McLean said Odewahn's appointment is in line with the company's aim to see more power behind its channel marketing strategy. "Increased marketing and educational activities will help drive demand for networking solutions, therefore helping our channel partners to exploit the sales opportunities arising from these new technologies."

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