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Feb 24 2008   4:45AM GMT

Is Endpoint Security Replacing Network Security?

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

There have been rumors for some time that the network perimeter is dead. More users are relying on laptop computers connected over wireless networks, or via VPN from a hotel or coffee shop. Users have mobile phones that connect to network resources, and various methods of portable data storage- USB flash drives, mobile phones, digital cameras, MP3 players. If anyone can connect from anywhere and data is coming and going, it becomes virtually impossible to say what is ‘inside’ the network perimeter, and what is ‘outside’ the network perimeter. If all of that is true, should network security even be an issue? Why not declare a time of death, focus on endpoint security solutions and forget about the network? Read The Future of Network Security at Computerworld for a deeper look at this issue, as well as why the rumors of the death of network security might be exaggerated.

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