November 15, 2007

Linux, OS X desktops to get NAP support from Microsoft

Microsoft announced that it will extend to Linux and Macintosh desktops its network access protection (NAP) technology, which ensures PCs are fully patched and secured before allowing them to join a network. The software giant also announced a new "appliance form factor" for NAP, which won't be fully available from Microsoft until Windows Server 2008 ships next year.
NAP--also called network admission control (NAC) by others in the industry--is a relatively new security technology designed to ensure good digital hygiene is practiced on local networks to cut down on the attack surface that's available for hackers and malware writers to do their bidding.



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