Connectivity Briefs: Cisco, Telstra, Uecomm

Connectivity Briefs: Cisco, Telstra, Uecomm

Cisco expands its line of intrusion-detection tools

Cisco Systems plans to announce new intrusion-protection software and firewall enhancements including functionality designed to lower IT staffing costs by drastically reducing false or irrelevant system-intrusion alarms. The major upgrade, Cisco Intrusion Detection System (IDS) 4.0, will accompany the rollout of new Cisco Threat Response technology aimed at reducing incidents of false intrusion alarms by 95 per cent. Upgraded management features for IDS 4.0, as well as an intrusion-detection sensor appliance and a second-generation version of the IDS software for its Catalyst 6500 switch will also be announced. In addition, Cisco will upgrade the software for its PIX Firewall appliances and unveil a virtual private network accelerator card that it claimed should provide performance improvements of up to 400 per cent on networks that use the Data Encryption Standard and other specifications.

Telstra allocates first round of broadband funding

Telecommunications giant Telstra has announced the first round of developers that will benefit from a $4.25 million cash donation and $350,000 in bandwidth grants it is handing out to encourage the development of applications that require broadband connectivity. The successful applicants are developing Internet-enabled applications targeting sectors such as healthcare, agriculture, education and multimedia.

Uecomm partners with NEC in growing broadband interest

Melbourne-based broadband carrier Uecomm is partnering with NEC to offer business grade data services designed to increase the uptake of broadband networks in corporate and SME markets. The agreement will see Uecomm supply NEC’s NEXTEP broadband service with fibre-based ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode), Ethernet and Internet services. NEXTEP will provide DSL private networking services to Uecomm.

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